In an effort to intensify dissemination and stricter implementation and compliance to regulatory laws, a strategy to promote awareness among owners, operators of feed establishments, animal facilities including transport carrier and handlers in Baguio City through a technical briefing has been conducted at the Ecolodge Hotel, Baguio City on October 20, 2020.
This was spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture- Regulatory Division in partnership with the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO).
The purpose of the activity is to enlighten and educate the stakeholders on the Republic Act Republic Act 1556 (Feed Control Law) and 3720 (Veterinary Drugs and Biological Laws); Administrative Order 08 s. 2004 (Livestock and Poultry Handlers/ Transport Carriers Regulations) and the Registration of Animal Facilities in compliance with RA 8485 (Animal Welfare Act).
Moreover, the said stakeholders will be compelled with government regulations and standards; establish credibility by assuring consumers that products came from humanely treated farms or establishments; reduce risk of introduction or establishment and spread of diseases and spread of animal diseases, infections, or infestation to and from an animal population, and to be able to avail government support through technical advice and market assistance for registered facilities.
On the other hand, Mr. Judah Sumcad representative of Councilor Phillian Louise Weygan Allan, Chairman Committee on Agriculture in the City of Baguio expressed their support of the activity reiterating that ignorance of the law excuses no one. In line with this, the city council proposed an ordinance mandating all meat vendors to be a part of an organization while ensuring that all members will be aware of various laws and regulations through the conduct of semiannual orientation.
Further, part of the technical briefing is on easier facilitation of application through an on the spot filling out of application forms and completion of documentary requirements.//Jelly Pearl Potectan