UNAHCO cites LGU vets’ crucial role in ensuring food security, safety PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2016 11:32

By NONOY E LACSON

 

A leading agribusiness conglomerate vowed its will continue  supporting actively the efforts and programs of provincial, city and municipal veterinarians to help ensure food safety and security which are important factors in sustaining the country’s economic and social progress.

Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Co. (UNAHCO), the leading agribusiness firm, made its commitment during the 14th  Annual Convention and Scientific Conference of Provincial, City and Municipal Veterinarians League of the Philippines (PCMVLP) held last May 18 to 20 at the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte which was attended by 155 LGU veterinarians from all over the archipelago.

The convention theme this year is “Local Government Veterinarians: Distinct and Relevant.”

The event’s guest speaker was Sen. Cynthia Villar,  Senate committee chair on agriculture also encouraged LGU veterinarians to help set higher standards on food safety for health and economic reasons.

The senator said government veterinarians have an important role in boosting the agriculture sector, noting that 65 percent of the country’s food supply comes from backyard farmers and animal raisers who are mainly dependent on the services of LGU vets.

“We must protect our backyard farmers because without them, we will have a hard time producing food for our people. We must remain vigilant against any threat” to food safety and security,” she said.

PCMVLP President Dr. Perla Asis, Cagayan de Oro’s city veterinarian, for her part cited the LGU vets’ distinct and relevant role as front liners in the delivery and implementation of national government programs on food safety and animal health, including the anti-rabies program, food and meat safety, public health and animal welfare initiatives, to name a few.

UNAHCO brand manager Jolliver Degollado, who has been attending the annual PCMVLP gathering for the past several years, said the company considers itself as a partner of LGU veterinarians. He said UNAHCO acknowledges the vets’ distinct role in their communities.

As the event sponsor, UNAHCO gave all the conference attendees product samples from its generic veterinary line, Genvet, which the LGU veterinarians can use in their community extension services.

Degollado and Dr. Joy Achas, also of UNAHCO, likewise presented the company’s ongoing initiatives such as the Pigrolac National Swine Nutrition Month and Pigkitaan Natin, a pig raising business and livelihood program for OFWs.

They also discussed the latest product innovations from Pigrolac’s sow specialist feeds, namely Mama Pro Milkmaker and Mama Pro Developer, as well as Univet’s Bexan SP B-Complex vitamins that provide immunity boost and appetite to pigs in all stages of growth.

The next PCMLVP convention is slated in Albay from May 17 to 19, 2017. — Nonoy E.  Lacson