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A second level training of the Philippine Animal Health Information System (PhilAHIS) was conducted by the Department of Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) to the representatives of the Provincial and City Veterinary Offices (PVO/CVO) in the region on February 27 to March 1, 2018 at the New Rajah Soliman, Baguio City.

Michael Villaflores and John Linga from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) were invited as trainers the intensive 3-day hands-on activity. Participants were guided with a step-by-step process to explore the features of the newly upgraded PhilAHIS.

The PhilAHIS is a database designed and developed by the BAI to help manage animal health information. Accordingly, it provides standard, timely, and accurate information due to the automatic generation of data. Data gathered will be used to monitor the status of animal diseases even from the barangay level. The system includes information for health monitoring, routine/extension services and animal vaccination, and vaccine distribution.

Through the PhilAHIS, updated reports are more accessible, traceable, and can be exported as excel and graphs for future use.

DA-CAR aims to augment the knowledge of PhilAHIS encoders and coordinators and at the same time re-establish the system in the region.

“Use what you have learned in this training to improve the reporting system from the province up to the region. PhilAHIS is a great tool and we should maximize its tools and capabilities to the fullest,” said Dr. Anthony Bantog, DA-CAR Livestock Program Chief.//Ayra Galanza