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IN PHOTOS: Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar leads the inauguration of the Batangas Provincial Animal Health Center and Diagnostic Laboratory at the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, Diversion Road, Brgy. Bolbok, Batangas City on February 11, 2021.

Together with DA CALABARZON OIC-Regional Executive Director Vilma M. Dimaculangan and Batangas Province Vice-Governor Jose Antonio “Mark” Leviste II, Secretary Dar spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony of this newly-built establishment that is aimed at monitoring and surveillance of African Swine Fever infections in the province through the use of PCR test kits and Nanogold test kits.

In a short but direct message, Secretary Dar said, “Let us rebuild the Batangas hog industry.”

Assistant Secretary (ASec.) for Operations Engr. Arnel V. de Mesa, ASec. for Strategic Communications Mr. Noel O. Reyes, Agricultural Training Institute – International Training Center on Pig Husbandry Center Director and National Livestock Program Director Dr. Ruth Miclat-Sonaco, Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council Chairman Mr. Pedrito R. Kalaw, and Batangas Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rommel Marasigan also witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony.