The provincial government through the Office of the Provincial Veterinary (OPVet) distributed more than P1 million financial assistance to some 255 hog owners in Bayambang town whose pigs were culled during the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the said town.
Held before the year 2019 ended at the Activity Center in Bayambang, the recipients came from four affected barangays, namely: Apalen, Carungay, Tatarac and Inirangan. Amount varied according to the number of culled pig or P1,000 cash assistance per culled hog.
It can be recalled that infected hogs were first detected to a piggery in Brgy. Apalen last October 2019 which was reportedly owned by a certain Doctorio Asuncion Caneso. After ASF was detected in 30 random blood samples from the said backyard piggery, the village was cordoned off that time. Meanwhile, OPVet officer-in-charge Jovito Tabarejos clarified that the only towns earlier affected by ASF were Mapandan and Bayambang and not the whole province.
District III Veterinarian Ismael Gabiola, who was present during the distribution in Bayambang, noted that the financial assistance given by the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Amado I. Espino III served as a support to be extended by the national government.
Recipients of the financial assistance, on the other hand, thanked the provincial government for extending such support to them.”Makakatulong po ito sa amin at nagpapasalamat kami na may ganitong tulong na dumating,” Jonald Agustin of Brgy. Apalen said.
The distribution was attended by LGU-Bayambang municipal administrator Raymundo Bautista and OIC municipal agriculturist Artemio Buezon who expressed gratitude to the provincial government for the financial assistance given to the affected hog raisers. (Ruby R. Bernardino)