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A field day on the production of onion and garlic for the Cordillera highland was conducted by the Bureau of Plant Industry - Baguio National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-BNCRDPSC) on April 4, 2018 at Guisad Valley, Baguio City.

The activity was attended by residents from barangays Crescentia Village and Fairview; representatives from Pinsao National High School; Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet; municipal local government units (LGUs) of Sablan, La Trinidad, Kapangan, Tuba, all in Benguet; and Barlig, Mountain Province. On the job trainees from Ifugao State University (IFSU) and DA-CAR High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) staff also participated in the field day.

According to BPI-BNCRDPSC Chief Jesus Aspuria, 1.26 kilograms is the per capita consumption of every Filipino, multiplied by the million population of the country to come up with the total estimated demand on garlic versus the 7,486 MT production does not really suffice. Thus, the importation of garlic and onion that were taken advantage by cartels, he added.

With that, the techno-demo on garlic and onion were conducted to test their suitability in cool places such as Baguio City and also to explore possible areas for its expansion to boost its production.

Moreover, on the side of DA-Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region, according to High Value Crops Development Program Regional Coordinator (HVCDP) Joan Bacbac, they are to establish technology demonstration farms on garlic and onion in the six provinces of the region this year.

“This year, the Bureau of Plant Industry will concentrate on technology demonstration on garlic and onion and establishment of tissue culture laboratories for garlic to come up with virus free and quality planting materials,” said Jerico Noynay of BPI Central Office.// Karen T. Gawigawen


       

       In line with the Rabies Awareness Month celebration, a free neutering service for cats and dogs was conducted by the Baguio City Veterinary Office (CVO) on March 15-16, 2018.

      The said activity was facilitated by the CVO in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR), Benguet Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Benguet State University (BSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and other volunteer veterinarians.

        According to Dr. Gladys C. Bantog, CVO-Baguio Veterinarian II, the aim of the activity is to control the population and decrease the number of stray animals in support to the rabies program.

        “Neutering also reduces aggression, lowers the risk to cancer, and increases the life span of your pets”, Bantog said.

       A total of 12 dogs and 19 cats were castrated, while 14 dogs and 38 cats were spayed at the two-day activity.

       According to Blue Cross (2018), neutering means surgically preventing pets from reproducing. In males, the operation is called castration where both testicles are removed which takes away the main source of the male hormone testosterone. While for female it is called spaying where both the ovaries and the uterus are removed which means the female is unable to become pregnant.//Jimrey P. Alides, BSU DevCom Intern 2018