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. 



Friday, 18 November 2016 13:41

BAI Plans for GAD Programs

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In line with the goal to attain a gender-responsive governance, the  Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has conducted its 2016 Gender and Development (GAD) Year End Assessment and Planning Workshop held on November 9-11, 2016 at the El Cielito Hotel, Makati City.

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Participants of the GAD Year End Assessment and Planning Workshop.


The said workshop aimed to assess the 2016 GAD accomplishments,  review the 2017 GAD Plan and Budget and propose for 2018 GAD activities.

Among the activities that the BAI will implement for the succeeding years include the mainstreaming of gender equality, conduct of trainings on livestock production and assessment of the women's involvement in livestock program activities.

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Ms. Emily E. Victorio presenting the 2016 GAD accomplishments of the Livestock Research and Development Division (LRDD).


Ms. Emelina A. Lopez, GAD Focal Person, expressed her appreciation to the participants for their continued support to GAD program.  She further encouraged them to propose other activities that will  enhance the abilities of women and men for them to contribute and benefit from the national development.


With the implementation of GAD program in the agency, the BAI anticipates to build a sound understanding on the importance of addressing gender issue in livestock programs, projects and activities.

The Bureau of Animal Industry- Livestock Research and Development Division (BAI-LRDD) in partnership with the Philippine Association of Research Managers, Inc. (PHILARM) conducted a “Training-Workshop on Research Design, Data Analysis and Interpretation”  on October 11-13, 2016 at the ASR3, Animal And Dairy Sciences Cluster (ADSC), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and BP International Makiling, Jamboree Site, Los Baños,  Laguna.

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Participants of the training.

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