The NVQS is an adhoc division that adopts animal health measures and quarantine inspection system consistent with international standards and protocols governing inter-country and inter-regional cooperation to prevent the entry of exotic and communicable disease into the country. Aside from conducting risk analysis, the NVQS also sets up, maintains and operates animal quarantine checkpoints, border posts/stations at airports and seaports and other strategic places. It establishes a system for surveillance of foreign animal diseases.

Aside from formulating and implementing programs, plans, policies, rules and regulations related to domestic and international quarantine, NVQS also regulates the importation and/or distribution of animal and animal by-products such as frozen meat in the country to safeguard implementation of biosecurity. NVQS also performs hazard risk-based analysis and equivalence of sanitary measures and performs accreditation and certification procedures in the importation and exportation of animals, animal products and by-products, feeds, veterinary drugs and biologics. Moreover, the division institutes control measures and prescribes documentation requirements in the international transfer and laboratory containment of animal pathogens.

Vision

To attain a disease-free and healthy environment for the animal industry towards a sustainable animal production and food sufficiency in the country.

Mission

Be the first line of defense in the protection from the entry and spread of exotic and endemic animal pests and diseases that endanger the animal industry and the public, in general.

Functions

  1. To adopt before and at departure, transit, and arrival animal health measures and quarantine inspection system that would prevent the entry of exotic and communicable disease into the country consistent with international standards and protocols governing inter-country and inter regional cooperation;
  2. To set up, maintain, and operate animal quarantine checkpoints, border posts/stations at airports and seaports and other strategic places, holding corals and other facilities infrastructures relative to domestic and international movement, quarantine and eradication of animals, animal products, animal by-products, animal effects, animal feeds, veterinary drugs/products and biologics, including documentation and issuance of permits, certificates, and commodity clearances relative to quarantine;
  3. To formulate and implement programs, plans, policies, rules and regulations pertaining to domestic and international movement, quarantine, and eradication of animals and animal products and by-products, animal effects, animal feeds, veterinary drugs/products and biologics to prevent the entry and control the spread of animal diseases;
  4. To collate and process data into usable information for distribution to policy/decision makers, livestock producers, traders and other end-users;
  5. To establish a system for surveillance of foreign animal diseases;
  6. To regulate the importation and/or distribution of veterinary drugs and biologics in the country, or within defined zones or regions to safeguard implementation of biosecurity plan;
  7. To conduct hazard risk-based analysis and equivalence of sanitary measures, and perform accreditation and certification procedures in the importation and exportation of animals, animal products, animal by-products, animal effects, animal feeds, veterinary drugs/products and biologics;
  8. To conduct inspection of farm and animal establishments for presence of notifiable diseases, and declare areas under quarantine and institute depopulation control of animals to prevent and control the outbreak of animal diseases;
  9. To institute control measures and prescribe documentation requirements in the international transfer and laboratory containment of animal pathogens; and
  10. To prescribe a schedule of regulatory fees and charges, including necessary and reasonable traveling, board and lodging, and meal allowances and expenses for the conduct of inspection, issuance of certifications and permits, and such other services rendered.

Services offered

  • Issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Import Clearances and Export Certificates for animals, animal products and by-products, meat and meat products, animal effects, animal feeds, feed ingredients and their additives, and veterinary biologics
  • Evaluation, on-site inspection, and conduct of Import Risk Analysis prior to the importation of animal and meat products/by-products
  • Conduct of pre-border, border, and post-border measures at the ports
  • Destruction and disposal of rejected animal/animal product shipments
  • Export live birds to the European Union (EU) and Korea
  • Performed appropriate actions on the meat recall relayed by the Canadian Embassy on the beef consignments containing E. Coli from XL Foods Inc. shipped from Canada to the Philippines in September
  • Supervised a transshipment of 142 heads of breeder hogs on board the KLM Airlines from France to the Philippines via Taiwan on December 12, 2012. The breeder hogs are consigned to one of our local companies Hypig Genetics Inc.
  • Accommodated a courtesy visit from the Mizayaki prefectural government from Japan on 8 November 2012 regarding trade of Mizayaki Beef
  • Attended and participated in international and local meetings, trainings and workshops to improve and better equip the quarantine staff in strengthening quarantine measures and quarantine programs

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A. Led in the monitoring and inspection of the arrival of 2,049 heads of Murrah Riverine Buffaloes last January 16, 2010 imported from Brazil by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) for its dispersal program.

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