New BAI head named; another exec gets promoted
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that two officials of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), who figured prominently in containing the Avian Flu crisis in Pampanga two months ago, will get higher positions in the Department of Agriculture (DA).
In particular, Dr. Ronnie Domingo, head of the Animal Health and Welfare Division, has been promoted as director and head of BAI as OIC-Director.
Domingo, a former professor of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and Central Luzon State University (CLSU), will take over BAI from Assistant Secretary Enrico Garzon who held the position in a concurrent capacity.
Meanwhile, taking over BAI’s Animal Health and Welfare Division (AHWD) is Dr. Arlene Vytiaco who will be promoted to head of a division.
To recall, Vytiaco teamed up with Domingo in leading the Avian Influenza Task Force in handling the first Bird Flu outbreak in the country which was contained in less than one month after it was confirmed.
“The handling of the crisis was so swift that no less than President Rody Duterte congratulated the Agriculture Department for the decisive action that led to the containment of the outbreak,” Piñol said.