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Ribbon-cutting and Turnover Ceremony of the new RADDL (September 14, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 14 September 2020

To provide an accurate diagnosis of major animal diseases, prevent its spread, and ultimately protect the livestock and poultry industries in Central Luzon, a modern animal disease laboratory is now open for operation.

Located in Paraiso, Tarlac City, the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) aims to provide advanced service through modern technologies to ensure a healthy and resilient animal sector in the Region.

Leading the ribbon-cutting and turnover ceremony was Agriculture Secretary William Dar and the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US DTRA) Chief Major Brian Smith on September 14, 2020 in Tarlac City.

The laboratory, funded by US DTRA, provides services and tests needed for trade, disease surveillance, animal health, regulatory, and research. It will also serve as training facility for veterinary clinicians, students, and professionals.

At present, there are RADDLs in Region 2, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, and Davao. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)