The role of women as partners in the success of the livestock industry was given emphasis as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) celebrated its 89th Founding Anniversary on February 4-8, 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration, “Kababaihan: Kaagapay sa Maunlad na Paghahayupan”, was evident in the weeklong festivity as the BAI celebrated the importance of women in the livestock sector through its various women-centered activities.
During the kick-off ceremony, each division was leaded by a muse in the parade. In the opening ceremony, Ms. Cecille A. Virtucio, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by profession and Managing Director of the Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO), inspired everyone during her speech as she mentioned the crucial role women play in the livestock and poultry industry. According to Ms. Virtucio, female animals take major parts as they lay eggs, give milk, and produce offsprings, among others. Furthermore, Ms. Virtucio mentioned that women are indeed indispensable partners in the success of the livestock and poultry business.
To capacitate stakeholders, livelihood seminars on meat processing, native poultry and swine production, forage and goat production and beekeeping were conducted. Women actively participated in the seminars (39%); women dominated in the seminar on Meat Processing. The highlight of the celebration was the Search for Miss BAI 2019. Each division has their respective candidate and Miss Farm Operations Group emerged as the winner. One of the judges of the beauty pageant was the former and only female director of the BAI to date, Dr. Rubina O. Cresencio. ### (Emily E. Victorio and Aileen F. Casa)