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NMIS develops Event-based Surveillance System 

The National Meat Inspection Service- Plant Operation Standards and Monitoring Division introduced a re-entry project creating an event-based surveillance system which will be called Expert and Prompt Response Event-based Surveillance (ExPRESS). The ExPRESS Project was proposed by Dr. Ma. Elaine Joy C. Villareal as a part of her requirement in Masters of Public Management in Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Its significance and purpose came from the fact that the OIE Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway identified Epidemiological Surveillance and Early Detection as one of the critical competencies under fundamental component, technical authority and capability.

In addition, Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasized that disease surveillance should be an integral and key component of all government veterinary service.

By creating ExPRESS, the NMIS hopes to fill the gap in the diseasesurveillance system which the agency does not have a program yet.

Furthermore, ExPRESS will be a project that will address the problem in responding to events which threaten animal health, public health and food safety.

As part of the plan of creating this project, Dr. Villareal with the help of POSMD headed by Dr. Edna Y. Gray, organized a 2-day training workshop last October 22-23 to orient and educate the members that will be part of ExPRESS Core and Support Team.

One of the topics discussed during the training was Event –based Surveillance System and Response Unit at the Epidemiology Bureau of Department of Health by Ms. Mariz Sheila Blanco, Senior Health Program Officer, Epidemiology Bureau of Department of Health.

The lecture was very vital in the creation of ExPRESS since the NMIS can learn a thing or two from DOH for they already have an established event-based surveillance system.

During the 2-day training, a total of six modules were all discussed by Dr. Villareal which focused on the various steps of Event-based Surveillance such as Capturing, Filtering, Verifying, Assessing, Responding and Giving Feedback.

Workshops were also given after each module to assess the knowledge and learnings of participants and to let them apply the practice of doing each processes.

The attendees were composed of staff from POSMD, Meat Standards Development and Consumer Protection Division and Information Technology Group.

Also part of the process of Re-entry Project was the presentation of the objectives and overview of the ExPRESS last October 24 to the NMIS Executive Committee members and selected Regional Technical Operation Center Representatives to give them a background on what ExPRESS is all about.

There, Dr. Villareal also handed-over the Re-entry Project Outputs to the ExeCom team for them to give comments and suggestions.

NMIS Deputy Executive Director Atty. Beata Humilda Obsioma concluded the short meeting by congratulating the efforts of Dr. Villareal and praising her for putting up a project that will surely be a legacy and will be supported and funded by NMIS.

The last step for the Re-entry Project will be an on-site Project Validation by Development Academy of the Philippines on October 30 at NMIS.

Pierre Jordan Escobar

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