New Veterinary Parasitology Faculty Awarded as “Namumukod Tanging Mamamayan”
The newest Veterinary Parasitology faculty member of the UPCVM Department of Veterinary Paraclinical Sciences (DVPS), Dr. Remil Galay, was awarded as “Namumukod Tanging Mamamayan”. The recognition was given on March 15, 2016 during the Mayor’s Night in his hometown in Sta. Cruz, Laguna as part of the town’s annual celebration of the Kesong Puti Festival. Incumbent Mayor Domingo Panganiban honored citizens of Santa Cruz who are PRC board examination passers, college graduates with Latin honors, and/or those with high academic distinction.
Dr. Galay was recognized for obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy degree and for topping the board examination. He graduated cum laude from UPCVM in 2007 and on the same year, he placed 5th in the Veterinarian Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). He finished his PhD in Veterinary Science, with Dean’s Highest Achievement Award, from the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences at the Yamaguchi University in Japan. Dr. Galay joined DVPS on February of this year.
Zamora Endowment for Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is blessed to have very supportive alumni. A concrete example is Cesario Zamora and his wife, Marynella. They recognize the importance of professors in Veterinary Medicine in the manpower development, training, and research programs of UPLB, and the need for added incentive to inspire them in their work. It is their desire to support UPLB, specifically CVM, in their endeavors to develop more capable and outstanding professors.
They have generously given the sum of Ph₱ 1,000,000 to establish and maintain an endowment for a Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine. The Zamora Endowment for Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine shall be open to all professors in the UPLB whose field of endeavor is in Veterinary Medicine. The endowment shall be used exclusively to finance and support the Zamora Professorial Chair. The money generated from this endowment shall be used to promote excellence in teaching and to supplement the annual salary of a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Indeed the College is exceedingly grateful for this gift. Together with our dear alumni, CVM will continue its mission of providing the best education for our students and hence, these future veterinarians will be assets in the various fields they have chosen.
UPLB CVM Spearheads Disease Profiling Project under the PL480 Title I Program(written by Nastassja Francesca Bianca Dc. Arejola)
The PL480 project entitled “Profiling of Economically Important Diseases of Swine and Cattle in the Philippines for Enhanced Disease Management, Surveillance and Control” is geared towards uplifting the livestock [swine and cattle] sector of Philippines. The Php167M project has a three-year duration with funding from the proceeds of the USDA’s Food for Peace program.
The main proponent is the College of Veterinary Medicine - University of the Philippines Los Baños (CVM-UPLB) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA). The project also intends to create linkages with other state universities and colleges (SUCs) particularly, Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), Visayas State University (VSU) and Central Mindanao University (CMU).
The advisory group for the project is led by the DA Undersecretary for Livestock Jose C. Reaño and other constituents including the Philippine Council for Agricultural and Fisheries (PCAF). The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), and National Dairy Authority (NDA) will provide logistical support for the project particulary with the field sampling phase.
Included in the project plans is the renovation of six laboratories in the various departments of CVM. In addition, the Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) located in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Maahas, Los Baños, Laguna will be upgraded to an enhanced BSL-2 laboratory in order to meet the biosafety requirements of the various diseases under the project.
The project aims to enhance the diagnostic capabilities and other veterinary services of the CVM-UPLB to better serve the needs of the animal production industry. Furthermore, the project intends to sustain regional competency and produce an internationally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
In keeping up with the times and the various forms of information dessimination, the College of Veterinary Medicine adopted the concept of the phenomenal love team ALDUB and thus gave birth to ALRAB (ALisRABies).
ALRAB is the first part of the province-wide “One Health Summit on Rabies and Food Animal Diseases” which was held on October 6, 2015 at the NCAS Auditorium. This summit aimed to equip local government executives, particularly the barangay captains, to be more informed on how to deal with rabies, its control, prevention and implementation of laws and measures. For the second part, the current status of diseases in swine and cattle that may affect the food supply of the country was discussed.
ALRAB was designed to be an interactive seminar which gives out relevant but understandable information to the target audience: the Barangay Captains. It is composed of several segments. Video clips were shown and these were followed by discussions from experts. “Rabies is a fatal disease but can be prevented through vaccination,” Dr. Emerlinda Lopez of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI-DA) announced. Other panelists included were Dr. Enrique Tayag (DOH), Dr. Mary Grace Bustamante (Office of the Provincial Vet), Dr. Sara Jane Orsolino (Office of the City Vet, San Pablo) and Ms. Marissa M. Ramilo (UHS, UPLB). The audience were encouraged to actively participate by answering questions about the video clip shown. They were asked to raise the pre-distributed color-coded paper that represented their answers.
This is a collaborative work among Local Government Executives (Barangay Captains, Provincial Officer, Municipal/City Veterinarians), PL-480 Advisory Council, National Advisory Council For Animal Disease Control and Emergency (NAC-ADCE), National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (NRPCC), the Department of Health (DOH), the academe and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).
Truly, CVM is evolving and exploring new platforms in order to do its share in having a Rabies-free Philippines by 2020.