In a collaborative effort between the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center 10 (ATI-RTC 10) and the City Veterinary Office (CVO) of Malaybalay City, a region-wide Training of Trainers (TOT) on Swine Artificial Insemination (AI) took place from April 1 to 12, 2024.

Dr. Michele C. Miquiabas, City Veterinarian, delivered welcoming remarks and shared his message on how the Livestock Production program has progressed from its inception to its current state.

This marks the second time this training has been conducted, and Malaybalay City remains the sole city to offer such an opportunity, making it a point of pride and achievement for the city.

The activity, with lectures held at Veranda Casisang and practical sessions throughout the city and Upper Pulangi – Busdi, drew 29 participants from all over region 10, including 26 Agricultural Extension Workers and 3 Swine Raisers/Farmers.

This session offered participants comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in key aspects of swine AI, such as boar training, semen collection and evaluation, and identifying the ideal insemination timing.

The goal was to empower participants with the necessary expertise to thrive in the region’s livestock industry. Additionally, the training provided participants with access to the city’s swine AI center for hands-on experience.

Moreover, the training provided hands-on experience at the city’s swine artificial insemination (AI) center, highlighting Malaybalay City’s commitment to advancing agricultural techniques.

Key personnel from both institutions facilitated the sessions, including Dr. Omar T. Cahanap, Annabelle C. Sia, Phile Rae M. Bonggo, and John Ray C. Sagrado from the City Veterinary Office Livestock Production, and Maria Lydia Echavez, Jeric Llegue Cabatac, Maria Eloisa Akut, and Gia Joy Lusterio from ATI RTC 10 – Northern Mindanao.

Report: Dr. Omar T. Cahanap, CVO-NADA