To inform and assist in the implementation of Animal Welfare Regulations and Good Animal Husbandry (GAHP), the Animal Welfare and Good Animal Husbandry Practices Coordinators (AWGAHPCs) attended the Consultative Meeting spearheaded by Regulatory Division of the Department of Agticulture Regional Field Office 1 on June 13, 2018 at the Provincial Conference Hall, Vigan City.

The next batch of this consultative meeting for Ilocos Norte Province is scheduled on June 14, 2018 at the Ilocos Norte Research and Experiment Station (INREC), Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

The activity was participated in by almost 30 Provincial Veterinarians, City/Municipal Agriculture Officers of the Province of Ilocos Sur. They are expected to serve as frontline officers in the local level to implement the Republic Act No. 8584 or the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines.

In her message during the Opening Program, Ms. Donna Mae Rosario, Agriculture Technician II, underscored the importance of Animal Welfare Act that allows us to use animals for food, entertainment, clothing and experimentation as long as humane guidelines are followed.

She also cited some mistreatment of animals that violates the Animal Welfare Act like eating dog meat, using animals for laboratory experimentations without permission from the Provincial Vets, etc.

Meanwhile, Dr. Allen May Doctolero, Agriculturist II, talked about Article 5, Section 15 of R.A. No. 106111 or known as the Principal Responsibilities of Government Agencies. She explained the collaboration of the different government agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Agriculture (DA) pertaining to the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act and Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP).

Dr. Marlon Mendez, Veterinarian II, discussed the Animal Welfare Laws, Rules and Regulations. He also emphasized its IRR that shall be strictly followed in favor of the welfare and rights of animals by ensuring the protection and security of their five basic freedom that include freedom from hunger or thrist, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from fear and distress.

To ensure that the farming practices of the establishment provide greater confidence in consumer's expectations, Dr. Alfiero Banaag, Senior Veterinarian of DA-RFO I, discussed about the GAHP as he enjoined the participants to encourage farm owners to register for the GAHP certification.

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