The role of women as partners in the success of the livestock industry was given emphasis as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) celebrated its 89th Founding Anniversary on February 4-8, 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration, “Kababaihan: Kaagapay sa Maunlad na Paghahayupan”, was evident in the weeklong festivity as the BAI celebrated the importance of women in the livestock sector through its various women-centered activities.

During the kick-off ceremony, each division was leaded by a muse in the parade. In the opening ceremony, Ms. Cecille A. Virtucio, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by profession and Managing Director of the Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO), inspired everyone during her speech as she mentioned the crucial role women play in the livestock and poultry industry. According to Ms. Virtucio, female animals take major parts as they lay eggs, give milk, and produce offsprings, among others. Furthermore, Ms. Virtucio mentioned that women are indeed indispensable partners in the success of the livestock and poultry business.

To capacitate stakeholders, livelihood seminars on meat processing, native poultry and swine production, forage and goat production and beekeeping were conducted. Women actively participated in the seminars (39%); women dominated in the seminar on Meat Processing. The highlight of the celebration was the Search for Miss BAI 2019. Each division has their respective candidate and Miss Farm Operations Group emerged as the winner. One of the judges of the beauty pageant was the former and only female director of the BAI to date, Dr. Rubina O. Cresencio. ### (Emily E. Victorio and Aileen F. Casa)



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Quezon City-On the occasion of its Founding Anniversary from February 4-8, 2019, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) pays tribute to the women of livestock farming. This year marks the 89th anniversary of BAI with the theme “Kababaihan: Kaagapay sa Maunlad na Paghahayupan.” Assistant Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico P. Garzon, Jr. graced the opening ceremony of the celebration. He stated the vital role of women in ensuring a successful and profitable livestock farming.

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Assistant Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico P. Garzon, Jr. in his Keynote Speech recognizes the important role of women in the livestock industry.

Asec.Garzon also emphasized that an equal opportunity must be given to men and women in order to ensure the success of the animal industry. On the other hand, Ms. Cecille A. Virtucio, Managing Director of Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO) stressed the active participation of women in livestock farming to ensure food availability, safety and security. The celebration included the turnover of cheque to TarlacAgricultural University (TAU),Pampanga State AgriculturalUniversity (PSAU), Local Government Unit of Aklan and BEPCO for their collaborative projects with the agency. Regional trainees took oath as newly deputized Animal Feeds, Veterinary Drugs and Biologics Control Officers (AFVDBCOs). They will be in-charge of regulating and licensing animal feeds, veterinary drugs and biologics at the regional level. Free seminars (on meat processing, bee keeping, forage development,native animal production), live native animal displays and various exhibits were also featured in the celebration.

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Asec.Garzon, BAI Director Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo and Assistant Director Dr. Jocelyn Salvador lead the ribbon cutting of exhibits



TienDA, a venue for farmers to directly sell their produce to the consumers, was also organized at the BAI Compound and will be available until February 8, 2019. The BAI was established on January 31, 1930 pursuant to Act No. 3639 dividing the Bureau of Agriculture into two distinct entities: the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and BAI.

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Quezon City, 27 November 2018 – The Philippines through the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Animal Industry hosts the 4th ASEAN Veterinary Epidemiology Group (AVEG) Meeting from November 27 to 29, 2018. The international meeting sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was attended by veterinary officers from ASEAN Member States including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. A representative from the ASEAN+3 Field Epidemiology Training Network (FETN) and Philippines’ Field Epidemiology Training Program (DOH-FETP) also graced the event.

 The meeting aims update the progress on the implementation of the Regional Strategic Framework for Veterinary Epidemiology Capacity Development and Networking in ASEAN (Epi Framework) and the link with Strategic Plan of Action (SPA) for the ASEAN Cooperation in Livestock. It also seeks to discuss ways forward for building functional national and regional epidemiology capacities and networks, strengthening collaboration between animal health and human health sector, and the possibility to expand the cooperation with ASEAN+3 countries and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). ### (Dr. Maria Glofezita O. Lagayan)


Quezon City, November 26, 2018 – Pinakita ni Dr. Niel C. Tanquilut, Propesor ng College of Veterinary Medicine, Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), kay Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, OIC Director ng Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and mga materyales sa impormasyon ukol sa biosecurity at kampanya laban sa birdflu na isa sa mga naging produkto ng proyekto ng dalawang ahensiya. Ang mga nasabing materyales ay magagamit sa kampanya laban sa birdflu at magsisilbing gabay sa mga magmamanok kung saan naipaloob ang “Sampung utos ng biosecurity”. May posters, flyers, tshirts, at mga pamaypay na magagamit para sa iba’t ibang aktibidad na naglalayon na mapalaganap ang kaalaman laban sa birdflu at paano ito maiiwasan. Ang pangwakas na ulat ng proyekto ay isinumite na rin ng PSAU sa BAI para sa kumpletong dokumentasyon. ### (Dr. Maria Glofezita O. Lagayan)


Tinatayang nasa mahigit isang daan at apatnapu na mga manok-panabong mula sa California ang isinalang ng Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) sa carbon dioxide gas chamber. Ito ay matapos ang sampung araw na palugit ng ibinigay ng ahensiya sa importer na ipakita ang mga kailangan at tamang dokumento mula sa United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sinaksihan nila Assistant Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico P. Garzon, Jr., BAI Director Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, ilang opisyal mula sa Bureau of Customs, (BOC), Commission on Audit (COA), Philippine College of Poultry Practitioners (PCPP), National Veterinary Quarantine officers at media ang isinagawang proper disposal sa mga manok nitong Oktubre 20, 2018 sa cargo area ng International Airport.


 Pormal na turn-over ng mga nasabat namanok-panabong ng Bureau of Customs sa mga opisyal ng Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Animal Industry sa NAIA (Oktubre 20, 2018).


Sa kasalukuyan, ipinagbabawal ang pag-angkat ng mga manok sa California dahil sa napabalitang Newcastle Disease sa naturang lugar. Ito ay isang sakit na mabilis kumalat at nakamamatay sa mga alagang manok. Nananawagan ang BAI sa mga importer ng anumang hayop na siguraduhing mayroon silang legal at kaukulang mga dokumento bago umangkat ng mga hayop sa ibang bansa. Ito ay paraan ng pamahalaan upang matigil ang smuggling, maiwasan ang kumakalat na sakit sa ibang bansa at para maprotektahan ang paghahayupan at supply ng pagkain sa Pilipinas.### (Caroline Ann D. Rodero)


Maingat na binilang at sinuri ng mga empleyado ng BAI ang mga manok-panabong bago isalang sa disposal process (NAIA, Oktubre 20, 2018). 


“Do not limit yourself,” these were the encouraging words from Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) during the opening program of the Training cum Workshop on Feasibility Study (FS) Development spearheaded by the Livestock Research and Development Division (LRDD) as part of capability building activities for its technical staff.

Considered as the “mother of livestock agencies”, farmers and prospective livestock raisers and investors oftentimes visit the BAI to ask for technical assistance before venturing on livestock and poultry enterprises. Some of the questions they usually ask are the technical and financial feasibility of investing in livestock production. As such, it is of vital importance that BAI technical staff have basic knowledge on the market and financial aspects of raising livestock as source of income.

The training cum workshop was facilitated by Prof. Cecilio Costales, a consultant who is a former member of the academe and with experience on broiler industry. During the activity, technical staff from the LRDD and Farm Operations Group (FOG) were equipped with basic skills on FS development, with focus on production, market and financial aspects. The knowledge gained through the lecture proper were applied as the participants were grouped according to the commodities they were directly involved in. They were then asked to prepare a draft production, market and financial plans for their respective commodities. The commodities include the following 1) beef cattle; 2) goat (meat); 3) native pig; 4) native duck; and 5) slaughterhouse and meat processing complex with biogas provision. Final FS papers will be submitted afterwards to the PHILARM for comments and suggestions.

As the training cum workshop come to fruition, Dr. Rogelio Cuyno, head of the PHILARM encouraged everyone to unleash their full potential and soar high like an eagle.

The Training Workshop on Feasibility Study Development was held on September 18 to 21, 2018 at the Animal Products Development Center (APDC) in Marulas, Valenzuela City, and was participated by a total of 26 (10 male, and 16 female) technical personnel.

By: Aileen F. Casa


“The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is expected to hand down mature technologies (as an output from researches) to the farmers and that expectation is a challenge for us to do research that will create impact and benefits to the farmers.” This was given emphasis by Director Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo in his speech during the 2018 BAI In-House R&D Review held on July 17-19, 2018 at the New Camelot Hotel, Quezon City. The said activity was conducted to ensure that the BAI will continuously produce quality researches. Also, it served as a venue to present, to review and to share R & D findings and experiences among researchers and colleagues in various disciplines.

img1rdir BAI Director Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo delivers his speech during the Opening Program of the event.


The panel of judges were composed of the following: Dr. Ronilo De Castro and Dr. Synan Baguio from Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); Dr. Amado Angeles and Dr. Elpidio Agbisit, Jr. of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB); Dr. Virginia Venturina from Central Luzon State University (CLSU); Dr. Edna Vida, Dr. Cristina Olo and Dr. Mariedel Autriz of Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development and Extension Consortium (STAARRDEC). For this year’s R&D review, there were 6 completed researches presented, 5 on-going, and 9 research proposals refined and evaluated by the evaluators.



The following researches emerged as winning papers:



Completed Paper (Research Category)

1st Prize – “Establishment and Application of Serum PCR Assay and Comparison of Serum PCV2 Load with Histopathology in Slaughter Pigs” presented by Dr. Tina Legaspi

2nd Prize - “Seed Production of Indigofera sp. as Influenced by Cutting Management and Plant Density” presented by Mr. Albert F. Astillero

3rd Prize - “Level of Dietary Energy for Optimum Production Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Banaba Chicken Raised in Confinement” presented by Ms. Justin R. Caoagdan



Completed Paper (Development category)

1st Prize - “Efficient Utilization of Pekin Duck Under Philippine Condition” presented by Dr. Angel M. Guno

Certificate of recognition and a cash prize of Php 15,000, 10,000 and 7,000 were awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners, respectively.



On-going Paper (Development category)

1st Prize - “Current Status of Apiculture and Detection of Honeybee Diseases and Pests in the Philippines” presented by Mr. Richard Lagrimas

2nd Prize - “Conservation, Improvement and Profitable Utilization of the Philippine Native Pig” presented by Ms. Vea Arellano

3rd Prize - “Acceptability of Rabbit Meat Product Using Naturally Grown Herbs and Spices” presented by Ms. Analene G. Soliven.

Mr. Hernando F. Avilla, Officer-in-Charge of LRDD expressed his thanks to the panel of evaluators, SUCs, 3 sections of LRDD and the secretariat. He was also happy because there were lot of entries for this year.

img2rdir Attendees of the In-House R&D Review.

The In-House R&D Review is an annual event organized by the Livestock Research and Development Division (LRDD). ###



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)


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