DA official to visit Region 8

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Created on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 Published Date

Dr. Davinio P. Catbagan, the Assistant Secretary for Livestock of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to visit the region this month.

This was disclosed by Dr. Leo P. Mira, President of the Philippine Society of Animal Science – Visayas Chapter (PSAS-VC).

Dr. Mira said he invited ASec. Catbagan to be the Keynote Speaker of the 31st PSAS Visayas Chapter Scientific Seminar and Annual Workshop on August 28-30, 2013 at the Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City.

Prior to his present position as the Assistant Secretary for Livestock, Asec. Catbangan served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Animal Industry. Five line bureaus and attached agencies of the DA are currently under his supervision. As the country's Chief Veterinary Officer, he is in-charge of the nationwide animal health program and activities. He is also the Philippines' Delegate to the World Organization for Animal Health or OIE.

In one of his quoted statements, ASec. Catbangan extends his appreciation and gratitude to all PSAS – Visayas Chapter members for organizing the said activity.

Asec. Catbangan is expected to discuss the pressing environmental concerns faced by the livestock and poultry industry today. Studies revealed that farms with large herds of animals emit enormous quantity of noxious gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and ammonia which contribute to global warming. He hoped that the seminar will serve as the proper venue and opportune time to develop certain measures that will prevent and reduce any harmful effects caused by the poultry and livestock industry.

The Agriculture Official also shared new developments in the promotion of animal welfare wherein several proposed bills prescribing more severe penalties for violations have been filed in Congress.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mira shared that the three-day seminar workshop, with the theme ‘PSAS Visayas: Responding to the Challenges of Animal Production and Welfare related to the Environmental Regulations,” aims to provide updates on the state of the livestock production and the emerging trends, current issues and developments affecting the animal industry. This will be highlighted with the impressive list of plenary speakers who will talk about relevant topics on animal science, animal welfare and regulations, as well as the different initiatives in increasing the country’s food security with emphasis on the production of safer food products. (PAUL NIGEL D. CUSTODIO, Media Production Aide, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFID)

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