Training on LEGS Aims Decrease of Disaster Impacts in the Animal Industry

 LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. The Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) implemented the first batch of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) training for CAR. This was attended by the livestock Agricultural Extension Workers (AEW) from the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province.
 
The Sphere Project in 2011 defined LEGS as a set of international guidelines and standards on the design, evaluation and implementation of various livestock interventions among communities affected by various types of disaster. It promotes local capacities to ensure appropriate interventions to minimize impact of disasters.

After the training the participants are expected to determine appropriate livestock interventions during emergency situations in their respective areas of operation, discuss livestock emergency guideline core standards, develop a participatory response identification matrix, and prepare a re-entry and monitoring plans for the region or province.

Dr. Karlo Gicana, a Science Research Specialist from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos, Laguna served as the resource person during the training. The activity was attended by 37 individuals composed of 21 males and 16 females. The training was composed of lectures, workshops, group activities and homework. It is also seasoned with games and ice breakers to refresh their minds and boost their energy during the training.

Dr. Josephine Dao-an, one of the participants from Mountain Province said that she was satisfied with the lessons and lectures during the training. She said that the activity is a great help for extension workers like them. Further, Mr. Alfredo Guivac from Benguet mentioned that the methods of teaching used in the training helped him grasp a better understanding on the topics. He also appreciated the well organized and prepared lectures. Correspondingly, Dr. Edlyn Mae Ciano from the Benguet State University expressed her appreciation to the speaker for sharing simple yet understandable lectures.
 
Another participant from Ifugao, Dr. Roland Pila, also said that he is grateful to the ATI-CAR because they never fail to invite capable speakers who provides them new knowledge and more exciting activities. The LEGS training was conducted at the ATI-CAR, BSU Compound, La Trinidad, Benguet on March 14 to 16, 2017.