As the first responders on reported animal disease outbreaks in a municipality/city, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I (DA-RFO 1) thru the Livestock Banner program, has seen the importance of empowering the Livestock Implementers hence, the conduct of Table Top Simulation Exercises on Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) and the Avian Influenza Preparedness Program (AIPP).
Conducted at the Dagupan Village Hotel on January 25-27, 2017, the table top simulation activity aims to assess the level of knowledge of the LGU livestock program implementers regarding preventive measures on FMD, Avian Flu and other animal diseases. Other participants to the said activity were Junior Veterinarians in the region that provide supports to the Livestock Banner Program.
“You are the first line of defense against the spread of animal disease in your municipalities because you are the first to receive reports on any outbreak and your prompt response to the problem and how efficiently you can deal with it can have a great impact in saving further loss to the livestock sector.”, Dr. Annie Q. Bares, DA-RFO 1 Operations Division Chief and Regional Livestock Banner Coordinator said as she welcomes the participants to the said activity.
To strengthen the capabilities of the livestock implementers and improve their knowledge level about FMD and Avian Influenza, invited resource speakers from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) provided lectures on Animal and Human Updates on the AIPP including the review of its manual procedures on the first day while lectures about FMD updates including the status of projects implemented under the Livestock Banner Program were discussed on the second and third day of the
As an exercise to gauge their decision making capabilities and how they should properly address animal disease problems encountered in their areas, the participants were divided into groups and were given sample scenarios/situation in which they were asked to formulate the best and most appropriate solutions to the problems. Their knowledge on FMD, Avian Influenza and other animal diseases were also challenged on the exercise conducted.
As of date, Region I maintains its FMD and Avian Influenza Free status putting the region at an advantage of better marketing its meat and poultry products. With this, the DA-RFO I Livestock Program remain vigilant in ensuring proper monitoring of animal health thru the implementation of various programs and activities like provision of drugs and biologics, regular vaccination activities, and the conduct of training and seminars for livestock raisers and technicians.##