Committee on Animal Welfare ??? A non-existent committee.

THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1998 AS AMENDED (RA 8485 as amended by RA 10631)

Below is Section 5 of the above-mentioned Philippine Animal Welfare Act

SECTION 5. There is hereby created a
Committee on Animal Welfare attached to the Department of Agriculture which shall, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, issue the necessary rules and regulations for the strict implementation of the provisions of this Act, including the settling of safety and sanitary standards with thirty (30) calendar days following its approval. Such guidelines shall be reviewed by the Committee every three (3) years from its implementation or whenever necessary. The Committee shall be composed of the official representatives of the following:

1. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG);
2. Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS);
3. Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA);
4. Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
5. National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC) of the DA;
6. Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) of the DA;
7. Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA);
8. Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP);
9. Philippine Animal Hospital Association of the Philippines (PAHA);
10. Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS);
11. Philippine Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA);
12. Philippine Society of Swine Practitioners (PSSP);
13. Philippine College of Canine Practitioners (PCCP); and
14. Philippine Society of Animal Science (PSAS). The Committee shall meet quarterly or as often as the need arises.

The Committee members shall not receive any compensation but may receive reasonable honoraria from time to time.

 End of Section

As we all know, nothing concrete has ever come out of this section, and as far as I know, there is no such committee that is in operation. This is how almost totally useless this Philippine Animal Welfare Act has become, and surprisingly, we do not read or hear about veterinarians complaining why the animals continue to be treated very badly while the government, especially the Department of Agriculture and its agency, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) do absolutely NOTHING for the benefit of stray dogs and cats.

What we have is an almost totally useless Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).


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