In order to realize the new vision, the BAI pursues and realigns its various programs, projects into seven major clusters of strategies namely:
ANIMAL GENETIC RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT
This program thrust of the BAI includes the use, development and conservation of animal genetic resources (live animals, semen, embryos& DNA materials). This also includes enforcement of appropriate official control system or regulatory activities to ensure the quality of genetic materials introduced into the country. Among the currentstrategies, programs, projectsare:
- Coordination of the Philippine Native Animal Development Program - Establishment of Conservation/ Nucleus farms and multiplier farms for native chicken, ducks, beef cattle and goats
- Strategic (Exotic) Animal Infusion Projects such as Accelerating the Genetic Improvement for Beef Cattle & Small Ruminants Under the PL-480 Assistance
- Male Breeder Loan Program for Beef Cattle and Goat
- Program Coordination and Monitoring of the UNAIP
- Establishment of Breed Registries and Pedigree Development Services for Breed Associations e.g. Philippine Brahman Breeders Association
- Development of a Unified Animal Identification and Traceability System
- Regulatory Support Services on Breeder Farms , AI Centers and Providers, and other Genetic materials (semen, embryos and DNA materials) - Swine Breeders Farms Accreditation Program(SBFAP); - Beef Cattle and Small Ruminant Accreditation Program;
- Breed Development and Improvement through an organized Research approach
One area that will be explored through collaborative research mechanisms is the application of genomics in the genetic improvement work, such as the detection of genetic traits with economic value and identification of genetic defects.
This program thrust will also pursue development initiatives and projects that are in accordance and consistent with the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Plan of Action on Animal Genetic Resources.
ANIMAL HEALTH, WELFARE AND QUARANTINE
As mandated, the BAI has an oversight authority on all matters pertaining to animal health in the country including the formulation of various animal disease prevention, control and eradication programs.
With the freedom from FMD and Avian Influenza, the Philippines through the BAI has to step-up its border controls and enhance its risk analysis capabilities in preventing entry of animal diseases. The FMD and Bird-Flu free status needs to be maintained and protected through continuous surveillance and monitoring activities;application of quarantine, biosecurity, border controls and sustained public awareness. Sustained level of implementation will be carried on the following:
- Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP)-The country is Bird-Flu Free and the BAI shall continue to be the lead agency implementing the AIPP.
- National Rabies Prevention and Control Program-This is a collaborative undertaking between DA-BAI,DOH, DILG and NGO’s in cooperation with the private sector.
- Other Major Disease Control Programs include Newcastle Disease, Hog Cholera, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Diseases.
- Strengthening the Animal Disease Diagnostic Capabilities by equipping and retrofitting the Philippine Animal Health Center including the Regional Field Units.
- Philippine Animal Health Information System(Phil AHIS) including the application of Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Strengthening the Quarantine Inspection System
- Strengthening other SPS measures including Risk Analysis Capabilities
The growing concern on animal welfare which has some trade implications necessitates active implementation and enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. Among the activities lined-up is the institutionalization of the current ad- hoc status to a full-pledged animal welfare division including the provision of permanent staff. Another area that will be pursued is the harmonization of animal facilities’ and farm registration systems.
ANIMAL ENTERPRISES AND TRADE COMPETITIVENESS ENHANCEMENT
These are initiatives that promote the livestock industries’ competitiveness including trade and marketing strategies and services. This also includes development of rural livestock and poultry enterprises, post-production services and development of animal products and other value-adding products.Programs and projects under this program thrusts include;
- Rehabilitation/Strengthening of Livestock “Oksyon” Markets
- Development and Promotion of the e-commerce
- Development of Animal Products and Other Value-Adding Products
- Promotion of Good Practices at Primary Production including Animal Production Food Safety
Small-hold farm production models will be developed and promoted, including its commercialization.
QUALITY ASSURANCE,BIOSAFETY AND BIOSECURITY
This program thrust consists of program, projects and activities aimed at aligning processes and systems to International Standards such as expanding and sustaining current intiative on ISO 17025, development of GMP and HACCP based inspection system for feed products and establishments. This also includes development of biosafety , biosecurity protocols and promotion of good farm practices.
FEED,VETERINARY DRUGS AND PRODUCTS AND BIOLOGICS DEVELOPMENT
Through research and development, this program strategy is aimed at improving and making quality feed resources available and affordable especially among the small-hold farmers.
This also includes implementation of official control systems/regulatory activities in ensuring the quality and safety of feed, veterinary drugs and products, and biologicals.The following projects will be pursued:
- Alternative Feed Resource Development
- National Forage Development Program
- Regulatory Support Services on Feeds and Veterinary Drugs and Biologics
- Strategic Vaccine Production and Biologics Development
- Vaccine Quality Control and Monitoring
One activity that will be undertaken is the constant dialogue with the Food and Drug Administration in order to delineate/support and strengthen the implementation of laws affecting both agencies.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
These are program, projects and activities in addressing climate change and its effects to animal industries. It consists of adaptation and mitigation measures, and BAI’s response mechanisms such as the quick disease emergency response and disease risk mapping activities.Previous initiatives will be sustained such as;
- Environmental Animal Health Management Project, an ongoing foreign-assisted project initiated in 2006, will be sustained and eventually institionalized.
- Promotion of Bio-gas to reuse the animal wastes in producing energy and,
- With the various BAI farms/stations as demo centers, intensify the promotion of vermi-composting as source of organic fertilizers.
The followingnew projects will be implemented:
- Manila Bay Clean-up-an inter-agency development initiative as a result of the Mandamus issued to government agencies and is aimed at reducing the pollution loaded by agricultural (livestock production) activities.
- Identification of Breeds of animals that are adapted to harsh environmental condition including studies on the effects of extreme temperatures on animal productivities.
INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT
These are initiatives aimedat improving BAI’s over-all service delivery systems, and more effective partnerships and stakeholders ‘participation such as;
- Application and alignmentof its processes and systems to the principles of quality management systems (QMS). This activity is in line with section 3.8.7 ofthe Department of Budget Management’s policy guideline of 2012, enjoining the pursuit of ISO certification and quality management improvement program in compliance of EO NO. 605 dated February 23, 2007.
- Implement a strategic human resource development program in the light of the freeze hiring policy. This is another challenge that the agency is going to pursue;
- Upgrade the BAI building facilities, production farms /stations a
- Develop an integrated management information system (MIS) for better planning and policy decisions.
The program thrustalso includes the continuous assistance and support systems provided in the crafting of the various sectoral plans and improving the policy formulation and feedback mechanisms from the various livestock and poultry organizations andstakeholders. Among these are:
- Sustainingsupport to the NACADCCE, conduct of regular Price and Volume Watch meetings; conduct of regular consultative meetings with industry associations and farmer groups.