Livestock and poultry raisers in the 2nd and 3rd districts of Negros Occidental yesterday received livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office- 6 and the provincial government, during a turnover ceremony held at the EB Magalona public plaza.
The beneficiaries, coming from the towns of Manapla, EB Magalona, and Murcia, and the cities of Cadiz, Sagay, Talisay, Silay, and Victorias, received 48 carabaos, 72 goats, and 696 free-range chickens, all worth P3,431,520.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the distribution of livestocks, assisted by Board Member Andrew Montelibano, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Murcia Mayor Víctor Gerardo Rojas, Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante III, Victorias City Vice Mayor Abelardo Bantug III, EB Magalona Vice Mayor Eric Matulac, and Sagay City Councilor Perfecto Marañon.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Placeda Lemana said the funds for the livestock and poultry assistance were a component of the P36.5-million Negros Occidental Typhoon “Odette” Livestock and Poultry Rehabilitation Program that was sourced from the DA’s Quick Response Fund.
The assistance aims to restore the damage to livestock and poultry industry in Negros Occidental, and replace the animals lost when Super Typhoon “Odette” struck the province on December 16, 2021, she added.
In their respective messages, all officials appealed to the beneficiaries to take care of the animals they just received. They also encouraged them to cooperate in the re-dispersal program of the provincial government so that more livestock and poultry raisers in the province can avail of similar assistance.
EB Magalona also received 600 free-range chicks and 15 pullets that will be given to its swine raisers, and 200 bottles of fresh cow’s milk for Day Care centers of Poblacions I, II, and III, as part of the Provincial Capitol’s Milk Feeding Program.
Both the free-range chicks and the fresh milk came from the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in Barangay La Granja La Carlota City, a press statement from the EB Magalona Public Information Office said.*