The Provincial Government of Pangasinan assures that hog raisers affected by the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) are being assisted for their losses.
Seventy-seven hog raisers in Labrador and Sual received a total of P790,000 indemnification from the provincial government on October 1.
Of the 77 beneficiaries, 75 are from five barangays of Labrador, namely: Barangay Dulig, Barangay Laois, Barangay Magsaysay, Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Gonzalo while the remaining two beneficiaries are both from Barangay Pangascasan in Sual.
The indemnification to hog raisers affected by the ASF forms part in the “Tulong sa Pagbangon sa ASF,” program of the provincial government to assist the affected hog raisers in the province.
The provincial government compensates a maximum of 20 hogs per owner at P1,000 per hog.
The beneficiaries extolled the provincial government and Governor Amado I. Espino III for addressing the ASF in the province and for the constant support to hog raisers affected by the ASF.
“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat kasi kahit papaano ay may matatanggap po kami na tulong galing sa provincial government,” said Dr. Expidito Veloria, 55 years old and one of the beneficiaries in Sual.
The brief distribution held in Labrador and Sual was led by Provincial Government Consultant Ramon Morden, Asst. Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos and the two local chief executives of the said towns, namely: Mayor Dominador Arenas and Mayor Liseldo Calugay.
The provincial consultant, in his message in Labrador, urged these hog raisers to divert their livelihood ventures other than hog raising while ASF has not been fully stopped.
“Kami po ay nandito ngayong hapon para magbigay ng tulong sa inyo na naapektuhan ng ASF. Alam ko na mabigat sa inyo itong nangyari lalo na nong na-cull ang inyong mga baboy,” Mr. Morden bared, noting that the provincial government through its Provincial Veterinary Office is doing its best to help all affected hog raisers in the province.
The local leaders also exhorted the recipients to be partners of the government in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 by strictly observing the minimum health standards, such as: wearing of face mask and face shield, physical distancing and proper hygiene.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photo by RPGIII)