Region 12 has new agri lab to thwart threats on animal diseases
Animal and human health concerns in Region 12 will soon be easily addressed with the inauguration of renovated and improved laboratory as well as facilities of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12.
DA said the new Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) was set up to unravel concerns such as enhancing prevention, detection, treatment and eradication of zoonotic diseases, and human transmission.
This project was implemented under the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) of the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US-DTRA).
It was proposed by the DA through the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BFAR).
DA 12 Regional Executive Director Milagros Casis said this project aligns fully with the priorities set out in the vision of the DA, specifically to develop national laboratories and regional integrated agricultural laboratories.
“This project is in line with the prescription of the Department Order 4, Series of 2017 entitled Department Policy on Rationalizing and Strengthening DA National and Regional Laboratory Services,” Casis said.
Casis added that the project could surely prevent outbreaks involving animal diseases which not only have negative impacts in the agricultural production but also on the exposure of humans to zoonotic pathogens as this pose direct threats to human health.