Empowering BAHWs through Animal Health Care and Management

A three-day training on Animal Health Care and Management for Barangay Animal Health Worker (BAHW) was conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 02 to enhance the knowledge and skills of the frontliners in attending the needs of farm animals in their community.

A total of 25 BAHW from the municipalities of San Agustin, San Guillermo, San Mateo, Echague and Alicia, Isabela, and Aglipay and Diffun, Quirino participated in the training held at ATI-RTC 02 San Mateo Center on April 22-24, 2019.

Dr. Maurieann M. Turingan, ATI-RTC 02 livestock program focal person, expounded the roles and responsibilities of being a BAHW. She also shared to them the modules on ethnoveterinary medicine and animal welfare.

On the other hand, Dr. Norbert B. Sevilla of LGU- Aglipay, shared his expertise on restraining and handling of animal, applying bio-security measures, and history taking.

Meanwhile, the topics on administering drugs and biologics, handling and storing drugs and biologics, collecting and handling specimen were delivered by Dr. Mercy P. Arcania of the Provincial Veterinary Office of Isabela.

The participants have their hands-on activities on proper restraining of animals, administration of injectable and oral vitamins, deworming, castration for swine-piglet, collection of fecal samples, estimating body weight of large and small ruminant and swine and blood collection for chicken at the JBRITZ Learning Site in Saranay, Cabatuan, Isabela.

Young farmer Mark Jhun A. Bartolome of Echague, Isabela shared, “ Sa uynang araw po ng aming training o seminar ay tinuruan po kami ni Dr. Norbert na maaring makatulong sa maing barangay at gayundin nagturo din po si Dr. Mercy ng dagdag kaalaman sa amin na babaunin po naming sa aming kanya-kanaytng baranagay ang lahat ng aming natutunan naming sa tatlong arawa na seminar na ito.”

The BAHWs will now use these learnings and experiences by providing new techniques in sustaining the needs and maintaining the health and management of the animals in their respective municipalities.The said training is the third batch conducted since 2018. ###Queenly Mae G. Magyawi, OJT