Monday, August 13, 2007

SRC co-hosts CAHW training with Heifer International-Phil.

A training course on livestock production and health management was conducted last April 16-25 as part of the Small Ruminant Center’s technology dissemination programs on improved animal management practices, in coordination with the Department of Animal Science (DAS) of the College of Agriculture (CAg) and the Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) of the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM).

A joint undertaking of the SRC, the Heifer International-Philippines (HIP) and a well-known United States-based humanitarian organization, the course aimed to hone the participants’ knowledge and skills toward better practices in production, care and management of different livestock commodities such as goat, sheep, swine, poultry, buffalo and cattle.

Ten community animal health workers (CAHW) together with their respective community facilitators from Kalinga, Mountain Province and Isabela participated in the training.

Selected by HIP, the trainees will be responsible in passing on the technologies they have learned to the different self-help groups in their respective communities. This principle was based on the HIP’s unique "Passing on the Gifts" approach, according to Dr. Eduardo A. Sabio, HIP country director,Veterinarians and project experts from the CVSM, SRC and DAS served as resource persons and facilitators in the lecture-discussions, workshops, field practicum and study tours in CLSU and Pangasinan HI staff, assisted by HIP staff. Hands-on exercises boosted the participants’ eagerness to apply what they have learned theoretically.

Dr. Emilio M. Cruz, SRC director, emphasized, "Let the trainees learn the whole thing by doing".
The center believes that training is an avenue for sharing the developed technologies on improved animal management in partnership with charitable organizations like the HIP.