Emergency Meeting of RDC CALABARZON on Avian Influenza Virus, held
Written and Taken (Photos) by Jasper Daquigan

As top contributor of poultry products in the country, the Regional Development Committee (RDC) of CALABARZON conducted an emergency meeting on the prevention of Avian Influenza virus from entering the region on August 15, 2017 at the Department of Agriculture Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City.

Regional Executive Director Arnel V. de Mesa of the Department of Agriculture Region IV CALABARZON reported in the meeting that if the flu continues to spread throughout Luzon, its effect will be felt on the third quarter of the year. To prevent this from happening, the Livestock Program implemented measures, such as setting up checkpoints to various entrances in the region together with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and Local Government Units (LGUs).

Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas of Batangas, as chair of the RDC CALABARZON, asked about the extent and effects of memorandum circular order issued by the BAI that temporarily bans the movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao.

The committee unanimously recommends to Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol to amend and calibrate the said circular to help and appease the farmers and the consumers. Moreover, the committee also moved to pursue proper information dissemination to the public with the pronouncement that chicken and other poultry products are still safe to consume.

However, the process of killing the virus could last even 90 days before the department could safely say that we are bird flu-free again according to Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of Animal Health and Welfare Division of BAI in his report regarding the situation.