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

        As one of the target farms for Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) certification, the Department of Agriculture (DA-RFO-CAR) personnel conducted a mock inspection in the PosPos farm at Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province on March 22, 2018.

        According to Dr. Leisley Deligen, GAHP Inspector of DA-RFO-CAR, through the inspection the farm owner will be given the chance to improve the necessary equipment, facilities and documents before the final evaluation.

        “Some of the things for improvement and should be present at the farm are the biosecurity system, permits from concerned agencies, and operations manual,” added Deligen.

        The PosPos farm is one of the private farms in Bontoc which mainly produce fresh goat’s milk for local consumption and kid production. Also, it was identified as a potential candidate for GAHP Certification as long as it meets the minimum requirements needed.

        “Considering the requirements of GAHP, as to the area and number of animals of the farm, it is qualified to apply,” said Josephine Dao-wan, Veterinarian II of the Mt. Province Provincial Veterinary Office.

        The inspection was through assessment and compliance to criteria based on the checklist and also by recommendation.

        “The inspection is a big help for us to improve and complete the requirements for certification,” stated Fonete Dirige, farm owner.

        Dirige mentioned that they wanted to be GAHP certified for their farm to be competitive in producing quality and safe products, as well as to increase production and income to pay back investments.

        “We will do our best to comply and submit all the necessary documents since it is for the benefit of consumers if GAHP certified,” said Domingo Cabfeng, farm supervisor.

        The GAHP is one government program which targets to set out the general principles of good practice and minimum requirements for the production, handling, transportation and storage of the animals and its products within the farm in the commercial or backyard rearing/ farming of animals for food use.

        “Although it is not mandated by the government, the farm owners are still encouraged to support and participate in the said program,” ended Dao-wan.//Budikey, Aurita S. DevCom Intern 2018