April 19, 2021


Philippines approves guidelines for animal transboundary disease center



The Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar has approved the implementation of guidelines for establishing the Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (CenTrAD), a joint undertaking between the DA-Bureau of Animal Industry and state universities and colleges.


According to Memorandum Order No. 05 signed by Dar on April 8, CenTrad will serve as center for risk analysis, investigation, diagnosis, mapping and emergency management of transboundary animal diseases (TADs).


"This project envisions the creation and operation of CenTrAD that shall lead the conduct of surveillance, diagnosis and control, mapping, epidemiology, timely information dissemination, research and emergency management in case of emergence transboundary animal diseases," the order read.


The center will also serve as a hub for multidisciplinary capacity building specifically for animal health workers and render expert consultancy service needs on all facets of animal health.


- Philippine News Agency