Philippines Presses for FMD-free Status

PHILIPPINES - The Philippine will submit next month documents required by the World Organization for Animal Health for foot and mouth disease (FMD)-free certification of Luzon — the remaining area of the country that has not been declared as such, officials of the Bureau of Animal Industry yesterday said.
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OIE had declared as FMD-free the entire Mindanao in May 2001, as well as Masbate, Palawan, and the entire Visayas in the same month the following year.

"Our papers are complete we are now looking for the possibility of submitting our application, depending on the timetable of the OIE," Reildrin G. Morales, deputy head of the FMD National Task Force, said in an interview.

The BAI will submit the paper requirements next month, in time for the meeting of the OIE’s Scientific Commission within the first two months of next year, Animal bureau Director Davinio P. Catbagan said in an interview.

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