Six new extension field offices, all headed by district veterinarians and experts, were established recently by the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office to ensure a direct response during calamities, and took effect yesterday.
The field offices are strategically located in each district for direct and immediate emergency relief operations with barangay volunteers and paravets, Provincial Veternarian Renante Decena said yesterday.
Toboso will house the extension office for District 1; Sagay for District 2; EB Magalona for District 3; San Enrique for District 4; Hinigaran for District 5, and Kabankalan for District 6, he said.
The district extension offices have been provided with adequate drugs; and will be mobilized to respond in the impact areas if any problem arises in nearby towns and cities, he said.
Aside from emergency response, the offices will also offer services from the Livestock Services Division and Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division, he said.
The frontline officers will also initiate the organizational meetings of paravets and local hog raisers association, he said.
Decena said the assigned officers will conduct project evaluation of requests received by the office and submit results for PVO's approval.
They are also assigned to coordinate with LGUs of the district on project implementation; evaluate project status and submit reports to the head office; arrange dispersal turnover; assess production performance, and; validate and submit field reports from JOs and paravets, among others.*KBC
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