Animal health monitoring and reporting is crucial in achieving increased productivity in the livestock and poultry sector, thus, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) developed the Philippine Animal Health Information System (PhilAHIS), a national core reporting system for animal health.
To ensure proper flow of reports from the field to the local offices to the region and eventually to the BAI national office, the Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted series of trainings for city, municipal, and provincial veterinarians, municipal agriculture officers, livestock inspectors, and agricultural technicians.
Aside from orienting the field officers on Phil-AHIS reporting system and how to use and properly fill out standardized forms, the training also aims to ensure continuing education of field officers on animal disease recognition, animal disease control and prevention, and addressing animal health emergencies at the soonest time (outbreak management and disease reporting).
Experts from the BAI national office were invited to discuss various topics during the training. Dr. Emerson Tapdasan of BAI-AHD discussed the Philippine Animal Health Information System; Dr. May Magno also of BAI-AHD discussed the Phil-AHIS reporting system.
Series of capability building activities for the different provinces were already conducted: for Catanduanes –June 9-10; for Camarines Sur – June 15-16; for Camarines Norte – June 17-18; for Albay – June 22-23; Sorsogon – June 24-25 and training for Masbate will be on July 14-15. – L.P.Guarin