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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – At least 23 individuals were trained by the City Veterinary Office (CVO) on animal health care and management on October 27-29, 2020 to assist livestock raisers on animal management and in dealing with various animal diseases.
The participants, aged 20-45 years old, were volunteers from the different barangays of the city and after the training, they will become barangay animal health workers (BAHWs) in their respective communities.
According to Assistant City Veterinarian, Dr. Carmen Wanas, the three-day training will enable the participants to identify animal health problems, teach them methods for early detection of livestock diseases, help them perform basic animal health care practices, show them how to prepare and maintain animal health records and other relevant activities and demonstrate the preparation of ethno veterinary medicines.
For the efficient delivery of animal-related services, Wanas said the participants did hands-on training on proper animal management, like administration of injectable and oral vitamins, deworming, restraining, collection of fecal samples, castration and estimating body weight of large and small animals.
These activities were taught by the veterinarians and other staff workers from the CVO.
She also said that the trained BAHWs will serve as volunteer workers to enhance the delivery of basic veterinary services in their respective areas.
The participants also had a lecture on values formation given by Sheila Damiyay Mae of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
Meanwhile, City Veterinarian Dr. Fermin Quinto lauded the participants for their volunteerism in helping the city government, through the CVO, in extending its programs and services in the barangays saying the training is timely since livestock raisers and other animal farmers in the city are growing in number.
Full-time farmer from Barangay Agbannawag, Mr. Larry Banglag, who was chosen to become the president of BAHW, pointed out that one of his tasks is to ensure that the BAHWs perform their assigned job with properly and efficiently, and provide the needed veterinary services in their communities when necessary.
By Darwin Serion