Central Luzon State University, through the initiative of the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry, DA-Regional Field Office III last April 19, 2016 to prevent and control Rabies in dogs and cats and Newcastle Disease in chicken in Nueva Ecija.
Dr. Tereso A. Abella, CLSU president and Dr. Rubina O. Cresencio, BAI director, were present and served as representatives of each respective units. Faculty members of CVSM headed by Dr. Virginia M. Venturina, dean, and Dr. Ernesto F. Romero, Jr., NE provincial veterinarian, were also present to witness the MOA signing.
"This is a collaborative effort of the national and local government agencies, private companies and academe to help our stakeholders, our farmers, in preventing and controlling ND," said Dr. Cresencio explaining the significance of the signed agreement. "At the same time, the Philippines is aiming to be rabies free on 2020," she added, highlighting that this is an opportunity for the CVSM Clinicians to have an actual field exposure and training. It was noted that ND became a huge problem for poultry farmers particularly in North and Central Luzon since the late quarter of last year. Nueva Ecija had the highest mortality recorded among provinces of Region III with an estimated deaths of 200, 000 backyard-raised poultry during the peak of the outbreak.
The program will cover areas where rabies and ND were highly reported in Nueva Ecija which include Science City of Muñoz, Guimba, Peñaranda, Cabanatuan City and San Leonardo. The two-month activity will include mass information dissemination about rabies and ND as well as mass vaccination from the date of signing until end of May.
A total of P 910, 000 budget were given to CLSU to spearhead the activity. This will be utilized for mobilization of the CVSM students who will be the main workforce of the program. A kick-off ceremony was held last April 29 to formally start the program which was attended by the regional, provincial and municipal veterinarians with representatives from the BAI.
A total of 11, 000 doses of antirabies vaccines and 6,000 doses of ND vaccines were provided by BAI while a total of 100, 000 doses of ND vaccines were donated by a private company, Charoen Pokphand Foods. Dr. Paul A. Cardenio, CVSM faculty member, serves as the over-all coordinator of the program. ---Errol Jay Y. Balagan
Ceremonial vaccination during the Kick-off ceremony with Dr. Virginia Venturina vaccinating a dog with Dr. Paul Cardernio as restrainer. Together with them are (from L-R) Dr. Milargos Managgit (Chief, RADDL-Region 3), Dr. Victoria Viloria (Chair, Clinical Sciences), Dr. Cheryl Ramos (Acting Vice President for Administration, CLSU), Dr. Eduardo Lapuz (Chief, DA-RFO3 Regulatory Division), Dr. Tereso Abella (President, CLSU) and Dr. Rubina Cresencio (Director, BAI).
(seated L-R) Dr. Tereso Abella (CLSU President) and Dr. Rubina Cresencio (BAI Director) signs the MOA between CLSU and BAI with (standing L-R) Dr. Cheryl Ramos (CLSU Vice President for Administration), Dr. Melissa Agulto (CLSU Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Virginia Venturina (CVSM dean) Dr. Ernesto Romero, Jr. (Nueva Ecija Provincial Veterinarian), Dr. Romy Domingo (BAI Epidemiologist) and other BAI representatives as witnesses.
CLSU officials, faculty members and CVSM students together with the officials from BAI, DA-RFU3 and Nueva Ecija Veterinary Office during the kick-off ceremony.