Warmest greetings!

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds”  Proverbs 27:23

Through the years since our office was institutionalized, we became more resilient to the fast-changing world of production and always challenged by sustainability. But the Provincial Veterinary Office recognized that challenges and came up with more innovative and technology-based programs and projects that basically addressed the needs of the farmers. We are focused on efficient value chains and well-integrated markets that may contribute to inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the province.

We started with difficulties turns out as an opportunity for us to come up with the best services we could provide to our fellow Aurorians. And throughout the process of reaching our goal, we need constantly to take stock of what we are doing. with what resources and strategies, and to what state we have brought the industry with our efforts. Adjustments in all phases of our planning and procedures, when necessary, would then need to be stimulated.

Let’s work together towards one goal and vision for greater livestock and poultry industry in Aurora.

God bless us All!

Dr. Angelo R. Silvestre
Provincial Veterinarian

Vision

Vibrant livestock and poultry industry w/ dynamic players that are equipped with technologically advance and competitive skills under sustainable and develop livestock production system.

Mission

To ensure the development of livestock sector in Aurora through poverty eradication by the formulation of policies and programs, food security, sustainable development, and people empowerment, provision of adequate technical services in animal health, livestock, and poultry production technology, animal product and by product s utilization.

Duties and Function

Under Local Government Code of 1991 Article 19/ Section 489 Provincial Veterinary Office generally tasked to work with the Local Chief executive as technical support and ensure  the formulation  of necessary measure in the conduct of veterinary related activities as well as  the following duties and functions;

  1. Ensure that Local Government Units provide safe and quality meat for human consumption through slaughterhouses regulations.
  2. Regulate the movement of domestic animal.
  3. Regulate and inspect animal products and by products to ensure the safety of the public.
  4. Enforce all laws and regulations for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
  5. Take the necessary measures to eradicate, prevent or cure all forms of animal diseases.
  6. Frontline provider of veterinary related activities such as in the outbreak of highly-contagious and deadly diseases and in situations resulting in the depletion of animals for work and human consumption.
  7. Provide veterinary related services and supports of aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities.
  8. Provide and develop projects that will ensure increase livestock, poultry and other domestic animals used for work and human consumptions
  9. Deliver livelihood supports through animal production and animal products and by products utilization.

Organizational Structure


Projects, Programs and Services

  • Animal Health Services Program

This attributes in securing necessary tool in a more sustainable livestock and poultry production which provides small farmers and animal holders an assurance to increase their production output through significant provision of the best and quality veterinary health services. Balance and a comprehensive approach in dealing the complexities of changing disease landscapes. This program gives greater emphasis in providing a resilient environment for the animals and address players to cope up especially in areas afflicted by poverty and animal diseases.

Drugs and biologics together with production management system is the major component of the program equipped with technical knowledge of the body are ready to be delivered in all areas of the province.

  • Livestock and Poultry Development Program

This program focused on the specific vision on having a vibrant livestock and poultry farmers with dynamic, technologically advance and competitive farmer under sustainable and develop livestock production system.  Improving production in swine, goat and sheep, cattle and carabao through genetic improvements and technologically based system that are all transferable to all stakeholders in the province.

  • Livestock and Poultry Raisers Livelihood Assistance Program

This provide livelihood assistance through the delivery of livestock (cattle, carabao, goat, and sheep) and poultry (native chicken) animal to identified raisers/farmers associations. The office delivers necessary training supports for the beneficiaries to ensure sustainability of the program.

  • Continuing Education / Extension and Training Supports

The office develops specific program to enhance the technical knowledge of each member to deliver the latest technology and practices in animal production management system. Extend various training related to veterinary practices, activities and management to address management and production issues.

  • Post-Harvest Development Program

The major component of this program is to provide safe meat consumed by the public. It also strengthens local meat vendor, processor, and butchers through new technologies in hygienic slaughtering practices in the province.

  • Trans-boundary Animal Diseases Prevention and Control Program

Delivering effective measures in preventing the entry of priority diseases in the province to protect the current livestock and poultry industry and control the onset of a disease outbreak and the initiation of effective controls such as quarantine checkpoints or provide the necessary technical aids such as laboratory tests and vaccines.


Animal Health Services Program 2021

  •  Prevention and Treatment of animal diseases and conduct of animal husbandry services. The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) provided animal health services to farmers/pet owners such as anti-rabies vaccination, treatment of animal diseases, deworming and neutering and vitamin supplementation.
  •  Rabies Prevention and Control Program

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) thru Rabies Prevention and Control Program aims to protect the health of people in Aurora against Rabies and to achieve rabies free Aurora with responsible pet ownership established.

  • Veterinary Field Clinic (Free Neutering)

As a response to the increasing number of stray animals, PVO conducted free mass neutering of dogs and cats (an animal birth control approach) at the Provincial Veterinary Office located at ATC Compound, Baler, Aurora. Neutering of animals reduced the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly. A total of 451 dogs and cats were neutered.

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Swine Breeding Station focused on the rehabilitation and improvement of Swine Breeding Station; and procurement of machineries and equipment, supplies and other materials. Through this activity, it will help the current situation to be more resilient to the challenges of the future through strengthening the capacity of the center in terms of investing in a more improved facilities and equipment in preparation for future re-stocking.

  • Small and Large Ruminant Production

The Provincial Veterinary Office maintained two (2) centers at present. Livestock Production Center (LPC) located at Barangay Reserva, Baler, Aurora with approximately three (3) hectares land area and the Aurora Animal Breeding Station (AABS) located at Canili, Maria Aurora, Aurora with more or less two (2) hectares. The centers have a total of 52 head of Goat and Sheep, 4 heads cattle, 4 heads carabao. This year, both centers produced hybrid offspring with a total of 3 heads and some were sold or either dispersed to farmers to improve the quality of their stocks.

  • Genetic Improvement Program

Artificial Insemination (AI) is one of the most effective tools available for cattle, carabao and goat raisers to improve productivity and profitability. This process was proven to be effective way of improving the genetic potential of animals in the province. Increased weaning weights, improved post weaning performance, enhanced carcass value and more productive replacement heifers were the expected result of using Artificial Insemination. With this activity, production of improved animals in terms of meat, milk and draft power were increased. Upgraded calf drop produced by cattle and carabao has a value of Php. 10,000.00 upon birth.

EXTENSION, SUPPORT EDUCATION, AND TRAINING SERVICES

  • Capability Building and Support Services Program and Coordination

Trainings, seminars and convention plays vital role in the development of staff and personnel in the office. Knowledge of the veterinarians and agricultural staffs in the office is needed to upgrade, explore, and re-discover through continuous learning from the faster changing world of veterinary field/animal related field and profession

Through this capability training, the office as an institution become stronger and deliver updated veterinary and animal related services in the province through veterinary and other personnel development.

About 62 meetings, seminars, training and workshops were attended by the Provincial Veterinary Office personnel via zoom platform and face to face under the Provincial and Regional programs.

  • Development of Integrated Veterinary Data Base

The Aurora Veterinary Information Database System (AuVIDS) is an Integrated Data-Base Computer Program, a tool to store and keep record from the previous year which provides accurate data, keep all the record and extract data as baseline for future programs. There were four (4) Office programs installed namely; Animal Health Services, Livestock and Poultry Development Program, Post-harvest Development Program and Transboundary Animal Disease prevention and Control Program. This eases the burden of the staff in providing records and data in livestock development, production, livelihood enhancement and technical assistance to the people of Aurora.

POST HARVEST DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

  • Ensuring Food Safety thru Re-tooling of Butchers and Meat Handlers

This activity improved the technical knowledge and skills of local slaughter house personnel based on the regulatory requirements of the basic hygiene and sanitation in the handling, preparation, processing and storage of meat and meat products, food contact surfaces and packaging materials.

  • Maintenance of TAD Quarantine Checkpoint

The Provincial Veterinary Office is maintaining four (4) animal quarantine checkpoint located at Dimani, Villa, Aurora, Canili, Maria Aurora, Dingalan and Calaocan, Dipaculao, Aurora with three (3) personnel each. These checkpoints are responsible for the monitoring of incoming and outgoing animals. As shown in Table 1, the following livestock and poultry animals were inspected by Quarantine Inspectors. The approval of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan particularly with the Committee on Agriculture and Committee on Ways and Means to an ordinance setting up additional fees per head for those incoming and outgoing livestock and poultry animals reaped notable impact on revenue generation of province.

Quarantine Checkpoint Inspection of Outgoing Animals

  • Disease Surveillance

Collection of blood samples via environment swabbing (ES) and water samples (WS) was conducted in different sites in the province. About 120 ES and 120 WS was collected from 120 ASF affected hog raisers to monitor the presence if any of ASF virus. Result of this tests will be used as basis for future re-stocking.

GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Strengthening Women’s Capability thru Cattle Dispersal Program

This livelihood project provided recipients a complete package of technology, from technical briefings to provision of cattle in the form of dispersal. An orientation seminar/technical briefing was conducted prior to the awarding of stocks. Sixty (60) cattle recipients were selected through intensive screening to ensure that recipients passed the criteria set by the project. This program is expected to improve farmer’s capability in cattle raising, increase the inventory of cattle in the province, alleviate poverty and provide source of alternative livelihood.

  • Small Ruminant Enhancement Program

Small Ruminant Enhancement Program, provides technical and continuous support to goat raisers association in every municipality thru its federation (Aurora Small Ruminant Raiser’s Federation), it aimed at making the program sustainable for the benefit of goat farmers in the province. This year, they were provided with sixteen (16) heads of purebred and upgraded buck, vitamins and mineral supplements and other intervention support that helps improve their productivity.

  • Animal Product and by-products Utilization Program

Animal products and by-products utilization (APBPU) program of the Provincial Veterinary Office aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of interested individual/ group to engage in meat processing and produce quality and low-cost meat products for their livelihood.

  • Provision of Free-range Chicken Dispersal Program for families with Undernourished children

The project was piloted on a selected Barangay in the Municipalities of Casiguran, Dinalungan, Maria Aurora, and Baler with high prevalence of malnutrition. Twenty-five (25) female recipients with undernourished children were identified based on Operation Timbang Plus (OPT- plus) of 2020.These recipients were provided with portable manual incubator to ensure continuity of the incubation process of fertilized eggs so as not to waste any resources and to immediately produce birds for another round of dispersal.

  • Organic Agriculture Livestock Program

Pursuant to RA 10068 or Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, the Provincial Government of Aurora thru Provincial Veterinary Office develop and promote organic livestock production thru free range chicken farming at Livestock Production Center where it serves as show window to stakeholders. Around 100 heads of free-range chicken were reared naturally/organically, around 30-40 heads are layers, it lays an average of thirty (30) eggs per day and will serves as income generating project in the future.

  • On-line Goat Photo Contest

On-line Goat Photo Contest was conducted, around seven (7) goat raisers from different municipalities participated in the event. This activity was featured at GMA Channel 7- Unang Hirit.  The Goat Photo Contest aims to encourage more farmers to engage in goat production and develop a sustainable goat enterprise in the province.

  • Knowledge Enhancement on Animal Health Care and Management for Barangay Animal Health Workers

This activity enhanced the knowledge and skills of Barangay Animal Health Workers (BAHW) on the basic veterinary practices such as; the proper conduct of animal production, animal husbandry practices, proper care and management of animals, disease detection/surveillance, first aid treatments, vaccinations, deworming, animal husbandry practices and vitamin supplementation in order to have an accurate, fast, efficient and effective delivery of services.

OTHER LIVESTOCK PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Climate Resilient Agriculture thru Free Range Chicken Dispersal Program

This project is a collaborative effort of the DA-Agricultural Training Institute III, DA- Regional Field Office III, Aurora State College of Technology, LGU-Municipal Agriculture Office, in coordination with the Provincial Veterinary Office. Around 750 head of Free-Range Chicken was awarded to Pingit Farmers Association with 30 beneficiaries. This aims to provide families within the community with proper housing, ranging area and forage garden a source of livelihood to ensure sustainability of the project.

  • ASF Rehabilitation Program (Free Range Chicken and Sentinel Pig Distribution)

The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office III through the Provincial Veterinary Office assisted the hog raisers affected by ASF in the form of animal dispersals. A total of 750 heads free range chicken with 75 recipients were distributed. 400 heads of sentinel pigs were also awarded to 100 ASF affected raisers together with 1200 bags of feeds.

Calamity Rehabilitation Program

About 35 head of Cattle and 500 head of mallard ducks was distributed to Typhoon Ulysses and Typhoon Pepito affected raisers in different municipalities. This serves to make up for their losses during the calamity. An orientation seminar was conducted prior to awarding of cattle and mallard ducks to equip them with the technology on proper management of those animals.

Accomplishments


Contact Information

Mailing AddressProvincial Veterinary Office
ATC Compound, Sitio Setan
Brgy. Calabuanan
Baler, Aurora
3200
Contact Number0918-419-3146
0977-833-0677
Email Addressaurora_Provet@yahoo.com.ph
Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/provet.aurora