PhilAHIS to be accessed in the cities of NCR and municipalities of Rizal

Written by Karen Joy U. Manalo
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The Philippine Animal Health Information System (Phil-AHIS) is a national database conceptualized by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to facilitate the efficient animal health reporting management of the country. At present, the system is being used by the PhilAHIS regional and provincial counterparts to generate pertinent data on their surveillance, vaccination and other animal health activities. In spite of its functionality in the regional and provincial level, the BAI still aims to make the system accessible down to the city and municipal level.

Last June 18-20, 2014, along with the deployment of PhilAHIS in the cities of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the municipalities of the province of Rizal, the BAI PhilAHIS team conducted the Hands-on Training on PhilAHIS and Basic Training on Quantum Geographic Information System (GIS) at Icon Hotel, Quezon City.

Participants of the Hands-on Training on PhilAHIS and Basic Training on Quantum Geographic Information System (GIS) exploring the PhilAHIS interface

The activity was attended by fifty (50) participants composed of PhilAHIS Information Technology (IT) officers and encoders in the city veterinary offices (CVOs) and municipal agricultural offices (MAOs) of the following cities in NCR: Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, Taguig, and Pateros in the National Capital Region (NCR); as well as the following municipalities in Rizal: Antipolo City, Pillila, Morong, Tanay, Teresa, Cardona, Angono, Taytay, Cainta, and San Mateo.

Ms. Marites C. Gealone, PhilAHIS National Coordinator, Animal Health Division-Bureau of Animal Industry, discusses the features and use of PhilAHIS

Ms. Marites C. Gealone, PhilAHIS National Coordinator, Animal Health Division (AHD)-BAI, introduced the PhilAHIS to the participants. An overview of the database system, its features and capabilities was presented to them. According to Ms. Gealone, PhilAHIS is a data management tool that has the capability to store pertinent data on animal health and at the same time provide detailed information on animal health situation and other livestock related activities at the grassroots’ level. She emphasized that PhilAHIS data are exportable to Microsoft Excel and are Geographic Information System (GIS)-ready which allow user to easily manipulate and map-out data for analysis. Ms. Gealone also cited some practical application of PhilAHIS such as the generation of reports on liquidation and inventory of vaccines allocated by the BAI in a certain region. Meanwhile, as part of the hands-on training on PhilAHIS, Ms. Gealone oriented the participants on the use of the system and demonstrated the step-by-step procedures on how to enter animal health data into the database.

As well, the participants were introduced to the QGIS, an open-source desktop geographic information systems application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities. Ms. Gealone explained that QGIS is used in PhilAHIS as a tool to manipulate and present the animal health data generated from system through the creation of maps. As an example of its use, she cited that through QGIS, PhilAHIS users can create maps to show the geographic distribution of diseases or the animal population density in a particular area.  

With the deployment of PhilAHIS in the cities and municipalities of the NCR and the province of Rizal, as well as the training of their staff who will operate the system, the BAI is looking ahead to an improvement in the efficiency of animal health reporting system in these areas.

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