LAMUT, Ifugao – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – CAR successfully conducted an orientation for the province of Ifugao regarding the existing Regulatory Laws and the roles of stakeholders in its implementation last September 12, 2017 at the Ifugao State University, Nayon Lamut, Ifugao. Livestock coordinators, feed dealers, and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the province participated in this Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign of the agency.
Dr. James Gopeng, the Provincial Veterinarian of Ifugao, welcomed the guests and enjoined them to listen as the discussion will greatly benefit them. In turn, Vilma Mosqueda of the DA-CAR Regulatory Division gave a run-down of the program. All topics were presented by specialists from the DA-CAR Regulatory Division.
The Republic Act 10611 (Food Safety Act), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) was tackled by Mylene Cadalig. The salient points of each topic were highlighted to give the listeners a holistic background. According to Cadalig, “the DA’s primary responsibility is food production so these policies and programs are established for addressing food safety hazards.”
After, Vilma Mosqueda explained the Republic Act 3720 (foods, drugs, and devices), Republic Act 1556 (livestock and poultry feeds), and the Administrative Order 08 (Livestock Handlers and Transport Carrier). The requirements and steps to acquire these licenses were all listed down.
For the Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare), Marietta Blanco took on the task in expounding the law. In her report, the humane treatment of food animals is important in assuring the safety of the meat we eat.
Lastly, the Damage Assessment Reports for Livestock format was presented.
By Ayra Galanza