US, PH complete commissioning of zoonotic disease laboratory in Tuguegarao

Published January 12, 2021, 10:52 AM

by Hanah Tabios

The United States Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Animal Industry, and the local Cagayan community, has completed the construction and commissioning of a zoonotic disease diagnostic laboratory in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.  

It is located inside the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) facility. 

“The Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) is proud that through our partnership with the Department of Agriculture, we have completed a new diagnostic laboratory within the Cagayan Valley’s Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.  We are confident that our continued partnership will strengthen the Philippines’ ability to detect, diagnose, and report dangerous pathogens affecting the agriculture sector,” Dr. Ada Bacetty, Chief of DTRA’s BTRP said.

The labory plays a critical role in detecting and diagnosing potentially dangerous pathogens and zoonotic diseases found within the agricultural industry of northern Luzon.  

Through the enhancement of testing capability and biosafety and biosecurity training, it will also be on the frontline in efforts to protect farmers and their crops from the harmful effects of naturally occurring pathogens in the Cagayan Valley.

“DTRA and the US  Embassy in the Philippines look forward to continuing to partner with the Filipino interagency, agricultural sector, and local communities as we work together as friends, partners, and allies,” the Embassy said in a statement.