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BAI supports the ADDRL-CENTRAD scoping workshop

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BAI supports the ADDRL-CENTRAD scoping workshop

January 19, 2022

Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) OIC-Director Dr. Reildrin Morales delivered his opening remarks to the first day of the Animal Disease Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory-Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ADDRL-CENTRAD) Scoping Workshop today, January 19, 2021 via Zoom.

Director Morales expressed his appreciation for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Black and Veatch-Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTRIC) on their support on the strengthening of our animal disease diagnostic infrastructure.

“The presence of a capable diagnostic facility is one of the cornerstones of a good disease control program. Particularly in the Philippines where we still have problems with ASF and the continuous threat from other high-impact transboundary animal diseases (TADs) like Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), thus, highlighting the need for an advanced diagnostic facility in the country.”

Director Morales also shared the discussion of BAI and the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) on hosting the proposed site for the co-location of BAI-ADDRL and CENTRAD laboratories. This proposal will fit in a bigger way in the animal disease diagnostic complex envisioned by UPLB.

“I am happy that we are progressing at this stage and I am hoping that this will continue and its fruition will be realized sooner.” The BAI Director added.

The three-day Scoping Workshop will confirm and understand the activities and objectives of each laboratory space, discuss the staffing plan, determine the equipment list and conduct a risk assessment and design, among other activities. ###.

 

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