Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol ordered two government veterinarians to represent the Philippines in the three-day emergency meeting in Thailand to tackle the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in mainland Asia. Dr. Ronnie Domingo, OIC Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry, and Dr. Anthony Bucad, Head of BAI Animal Disease Control Section, will join the other participants in coming up with an Asian response to prevent the spread of the disease to new territories.


Dr. Wantanee Kalpravidh, Regional Manager of the FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Asia, welcomes the Philippine Delegation headed by Director Ronnie Domingo of the Bureau of Animal Industry. Also in the photo is Dr. Carolyn Benigno, FAO Regional Project Coordinator and Dr. Anthony Bucad, Chief of the Animal Disease Control Unit.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), main organizer of the meeting, invited animal health officials, veterinary epidemiologists, international agencies and laboratory experts to review the disease trend and to develop a coordinated regional response. Countries near China received the invitation. The participating countries include Cambodia, China, Japan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The workshops which will end on Friday (September 7) should identify the action plans from each country.

China reported last month outbreaks of African Swine Fever in several pig farms. The highly fatal disease poses a serious threat to the swine industry in China and surrounding countries.

Secretary Piñol assured the local stakeholders that the government has taken preventive interventions to prevent the entry of the disease into the Philippines. He has ordered banning of importation of pigs and pig products from ASF-affected countries. ###



Quezon City, Setyembre 6, 2018. - Tinatayang nasa 460 kilo ng karne galing sa China at Japan ang nakumpiska ng Bureau of Animal Industry - National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division (BAI-NVQSD) sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) kahapon, Setyembre 5, 2018, dahil sa paglabag sa Department of Agriculture (DA) Administrative Order No. 18 series of 2000 “Revised Guidelines on the Importation of Agricultural Products”, DA Memorandum Order  No. 23, Series of 2018 “Temporary Ban on the Importation of Domestic and Wild Pigs and their Products Including Pork Meat and Semen Originating from Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and China”, at Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) Memorandum Order No. 6, Series of 2018 “Prohibition of Entry of Domestic and Wild Pigs, its Products and By-Products Including Fresh Meat but not limited to Meat, Animal Effects, Animal Proteins such as Meat and Bone Meal, Blood Meal, etc. originating from China, Latvia, Romania, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine”.

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Matagal na pinapatupad ng DA-BAI-NVQS ang paghihigpit sa pagpasok ng karne na walang kakukulang papeles. Larawan ng inspeksyon at mga nasabat na karne galing China noong 2017. Photos from DA-BAI-NVQS

Ang mga naturang karne ay walang SPS import clearance at health certificate galing sa pinanggalingang bansa, na isang malinaw na paglabag sa mga nasabing Administrative at Memorandum Orders. Bukod pa rito, dahil sa nailathalang pagkalat ng sakit na African Swine Fever (ASF) sa China at iba pang mga bansa, pinagtitibay ng DA-BAI ang paghihigpit sa pagpasok ng baboy, karneng baboy, at iba pang produkto nito.

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Hinihiling ng DA-BAI ang pang-unawa, pakikipagtulungan, at suporta ng publiko na huwag magdadala ng mga karne galing sa China (at sa mga bansang nabanggit) ng walang kaukulang papeles maiwasan ang aksidenteng pagdala ng nahawaang karne papasok ng bansa.

Ang African Swine Fever (ASF) ay isang malubhang sakit ng mga baboy na may mga sintomas ng mataas na lagnat, kawalan ng ganang kumain, pagdurugo sa balat at mga laman-loob, at pagkamatay ng naturang baboy sa pagitan ng dalawa hanggang sampung araw. Ang dami ng namamatay na baboy ay maaaring tumaas hanggang isang daang porsyento (100%). Ang sakit na ito ay nakalista sa World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code at dapat iulat sa OIE sa sandaling unang maobserbahan sa mga alagang baboy. ### (Caroline Ann D. Rodero)



By Aileen F. Casa and Emily Victorio

The Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition is an annual event organized by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and supported by partner R&D institutions under the Department of Agriculture, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and other people’s organizations, to showcase various agricultural technologies generated through research across the country.

The theme for the 14th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, “Agripreneurship: Mainstreaming agriculture and fisheries R&D by delivering technology breakthroughs to farmers and fisherfolks”, highlights the importance of technology packaging and transfer in ensuring that products of research do not go to waste but be utilized by its respective stakeholders.

In line with this year’s theme, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) joined this year’s technology forum and product exhibition and featured some of its high-impact researches, some of which were funded by BAR. The featured researches are as follows: 1) Improvement on processing technologies for meat and meat skin on Black Tiaong (BT) strain; 2) Agronomic performance and nutrient composition of Indigofera zollingeriana under different planting distances and cutting intervals; and 3) Characterization of native pigs in selected areas in Luzon.

During the first day of the activity, the BAI showcased its research products through free tasting of meat products from native pig such as sausage, hotdog and tapa. Keychains made from native pig skin leather, as well as indigofera seeds were also distributed to those who visited the booth. To supply them with basic technical know-hows on the aforementioned research products and on livestock raising, flyers and booklets were also provided to interested visitors. On the final day of the exhibition, the BAI held another free tasting activity, this time native pig lechon was served to visitors who flocked the agency’s booth.

The guest speaker during the event was Senator Cynthia A. Villar, current chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food. In her speech, she stressed the importance of strengthening the R&D system in improving the lives of Filipinos by stating that researches should have practical application that would consequently uplift the lives of our Filipino farmers. Moreover, she encouraged those in the government sector to teach our farmers to mechanize as this would lessen agricultural cost in the long run.

The 14th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition was held on August 30, 2018 to September 2, 2018 at the Megamall Megatrade Hall 2 in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.



Visitors try meat products from native pig during the 14th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition




BAI staff prepare native meat products which include sausage, hotdog, and tapa for taste testing


Visitors check IEC materials and other paraphernalia at the BAI brochure



Senator Cynthia A. VIllar gives her speech during the technology forum and product exhibition



In response to the order of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to speed up the government services, the Bureau of Animal Industry developed system to simplify the application of local shipping permit. The agency tagged the process as “PROBILIS”- Programang Bilisan angLigtas na Shipment

Ms. Marites C. Gealone, Head of the Management Information System (MIS), demonstrated the process of online application of local shipping permit to the members of the Accredited Swine Breeders Association of the Philippines (ASBAF) during its regular meeting on August 24, 2018 held at the Conference Room of BAI in Diliman, Quezon City.


Dr. Romulo Parayao, President of ASBAF together with Ms. Marites C. Gealone holds a sample print out of local shipping permit after the online application.

Using this system, the applicants of local shipping permits will be spared from the inconvenience of going to the nearest Animal Quarantine office. Instead, they can apply for their permits online, view the status and have themprinted once approved.

BAI will launch the online service after the pilot testing with stakeholders. ###(Caroline Ann D. Rodero)


Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:21


Press Release Swine Influenza

Friday, 02 February 2018 19:45

1K Dog Vaccinations Project ikinasa na!

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 (Si Assistant Director Simeon S. Amurao Jr. kasama ang mga iba't ibang Quarantine Officers ng Bureau of Animal Industry sa isinagawang launching ng ONE BAI: 1K Dog Vaccinations Project)



Quezon City - Pormal nang inilunsad ng Bureau of Animal Industry ang “ONE BAI: 1K Dog Vaccinations Project” na ginanap kaninang tanghali February 2, 2018 sa Animal Health Training and Information Center.

Layunin ng proyektong ito na i-mobilize ang lahat ng mga beterinaryo ng ahensya sa pakikipagtulungan ng ibat-ibang stakeholders na tumulong sa pagbabakuna ng aso lalo na sa mga lugar na may matataas na kaso ng Rabies. Sa pamamagitan ng proyektong ito, inaasahang mapataas ang dog vaccination coverage ng bansa na syang makakatulong upang makamit ang layuning Rabies-Free Philippines 2020.
Isang libong aso at higit pa ang kailangang mabakunahan ng isang lisensyadong beterinaryo ng BAI sa loob ng walong buwan mula Pebrero hanggang Setyembre sa kasalukuyang taon.

Sinimulan na kanina ang orientation at pamimigay ng rabies vaccines at iba pang paraphernalia sa mga Quarantine Officers na nakatalaga sa sa ibat-ibang rehiyon ng bansa. Pinangunahan ang seremonya ni Assistant Director Simeon S. Amurao, Jr. kasama ang head ng National Veterinary Quarantine Services Division na si Dr. Florence D. Silvano.

Ang proyektong ito ay isa sa mga prayoridad na programa ng Animal Health and Welfare Division at ang kasalukuyang administrasyon sa pamumuno ni Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, OIC Director. #npc





BAI Gears Towards Promotion of Organic Agriculture 

Written by: Edrian P. Paras


The Bureau of Animal Industry – National Organic Agriculture Program (BAI-NOAP) conducted a seminar on Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture and Organic Livestock Production and Management at the Science and Technology Training Center, Mindanao State University, General Santos City, South Cotabato last November 8-10, 2017.


A total of 40 participants comprising of farmers, veterinarians, agriculturists, agricultural technicians and members of local government unit (LGU) from the different provinces in SOCCSKSARGEN Region has attended the said activity.


oa1Participants of the training together with the resource speakers

Ms. Fe Bien R. Garcia, BAI-NOAP Focal Person, discussed the Philippine National Standard for Organic Agriculture (PNS-OA). She also tackled the following topics namely: 1) different forages that can be used as organic feeds; 2) organic pig and chicken production.



Ms. Fe Bien Garcia addressing issues on Phil. National Standards for Organic Agriculture


On the other hand, Ms. Justin R. Caoagdan, Science Research Specialist II of the Livestock Research and Development Division (LRDD) discussed basic concepts on animal nutrition and recommended a feed formulation for organic pigs. This was complemented by a demo on simple feed formulation using Pearson Square which was discussed by Mr. Edrian P. Paras. He also presented a brief lecture on soil organic matter as a miscellaneous topic for the seminar.


The group also visited the animal house and the forages grown at a newly-started goat farm in Brgy. Tukawal, Alabel, Sarangani which is owned by Ms. Socorro Fuerzas, one of the participants during the seminar. The participants also get to visit the first Department of Tourism (DOT) – certified organic farm tourism site in SOCCSKSARGEN: the Felicidad Orchard and Garden Organics. The farm is located in Brgy. Katangawan, General Santos City and is owned by Captain James “Bong” Reamon, a retired airline pilot and a multi-awarded inventor.


Dr. Lorna P. Vilbar, the Organic Agriculture Focal Person of DA RFO XII gave the closing remarks and expressed the group’s gratitude towards the conduct of the activity. The certificates of participation were then awarded to the participants together with the free Stylosanthes seeds and flash drives containing the lectures and organic-related videos.


Dr. Lorna P. Vilbar, DA-RFO XII OA Focal Person giving the closing remarks for the seminar







By: Mark Francis S. España



(Representatives from BAI and TIP attended the MOA signing of the first Filipino Android Application for Animal Rabies)

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) partnered with the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) to create an android application that will disseminate useful information on the deadly rabies virus to millions of mobile phone users. The Memorandum of Agreement for this project was signed last October 2, 2017 at the Animal Health Training and Information Center (AHTIC), BAI Compound, Quezon City.

Dr. Cynthia C. Llanes,  Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dr. Jesusa N. Padilla, Dean of the College of Information Technology represented TIP while Dr. Simeon S. Amurao Jr., Assistant Director, and Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, OIC of the Animal Health and Welfare Division (AHWD), represented BAI in the MOA signing.

Dr. Domingo explained that one of the essential pillars of the national rabies eradication plan is public education. The said application aims to strengthen this pillar by informing the Filipinos on what rabies is, how to prevent the disease and what to do if they encounter an animal biting incident.

Designing and editing the application “Rabies Free 2020” have been started by AHWD staff and TIP faculty members and students. TIP professors, Dr. Rosmina Cabauatan and Mr. Gerald Cayabyab chose the application as thesis project for their selected students.

“Rabies Free 2020” is expected to be released on Google Play Store before the end of November 2017. 



Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:04

BAI Honors Animal Welfare Heroes

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BAI Honors Animal Welfare Heroes

By: Mark Francis S. España



(A member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) receiving an award for the heroic deeds of his K9 dog)


Animal Welfare is Human Welfare.” This was the theme adopted by the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) which led the nation in celebrating the Animal Welfare Week last October 4-6, 2017 at the BAI Compound, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

The event highlighted the recognition of Hero Dogs and the contributions of distinguished individuals and organizations in promoting and protecting the welfare of animals.

Dr. Ma. Gracia N. Dizon-Flores, Animal Welfare Focal Person, launched the Animal Welfare Friendly Community Award which will commence in 2018.  The honor shall be awarded to the most animal welfare-friendly communities in the country.

Dr. Rubina O. Cresencio, Most Outstanding Veterinarian of 2016 and former BAI-Director graced the celebration and delivered an inspiring message on the importance of promoting the welfare of the animals.

The three-day celebration featured activities such as Holy Mass, Pet Blessing, Free Anti-rabies Vaccination, Animal Welfare Quiz Bee, Booth Exhibitions, Slogan and Poster Making Contest sponsored by the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF) and a Seminar on Humane Use of Laboratory Animals which was a collaborative activity of BAI and UNILAB. 

Animal Welfare Week is celebrated every first week of October by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation No. 715 series of 2004. 


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