Strengthening the collaboration with the local government counterparts through a technical discussion, around 150 livestock inspectors, coordinators, and veterinarians from the LGU was updated on the new policies, directions and technologies in livestock industry on August 7-9, 2019 at the Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City.

The Department of Agriculture through the livestock banner program underscored the concerns and updates on its services, programs, and projects that would improve and upgrade the income and productivity of livestock raisers in the region.

These include regional and national updates on the African swine fever, and avian influenza and antimicrobial resistance.

Updates on the forage production technology, training & training related events for veterinarians and livestock coordinators, farm machineries for the livestock sector, national achievers award guideline, genetic improvement of itik Pinas, and maintenance of a high herd status thru biosecurity program were also presented.

Likewise, Dr. Michael Usana, Veterinarian II of DA RFO I, presented the frontline services of the Regional Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory and the process on how to avail the services and programs under RADDL.

These include the rabies test, serological test, swabs, fecalysis, bacterial isolation & antibiotic sensitivity test, necropsy test for live or dead animals, water analysis, blood analysis, and blood parasite.

On the other hand, Dr. Annie Bares, FOD chief, in her speech, extended the commends of the director to the livestock AEWs in the region. She as well reiterated the ten-point agenda of the new DA secretary, Sec. Dr. William Dar, and requested the participants to double their efforts because of the anticipated new projects from the new DA chief.

The activity was highlighted by the "Pinakahayop Awarding", wherein special and major awards were given to deserving LIs to recognize their contribution in the implementation of projects and programs of DA. Awardees were assessed based on their performance on the regional and provincial level.

Pinakahayop awardees received a certificate of appreciation and token such as raincoat, hat, facial mask, scrub suit, boots, flash drive, automatic injector, etc.

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