The Provincial Government of Pangasinan has intensified its efforts to address the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the province.
During the question hour of the Pangasinan provincial board held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) II on September 7, Asst. Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos and Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya assured hog raisers of support from the provincial government led by Governor Amado I. Espino III.
The provincial government granted P2.5-million financial assistance to hog owners in Mangaldan where 323 hog raisers benefitted, Dr. Tabarejos said.
It can be learned that the provincial government has also scheduled the turn-over of financial assistance to other hog owners from other LGUs, including: Bugallon (September 8), Lingayen (September 10), Basista (September 15), Binmaley (September 17), Calasiao (September 22), Malasiqui (September 24), San Carlos City (September 29) and Sual (October 1).
The Department of Agriculture compensates a maximum of 20 hogs per owner at P5,000 per hog while the province compensates P1,000 per head, Dr. Tabarejos added noting that all swine raisers affected by the ASF are qualified to be compensated provide that they have certifications.
“Ang certification po ay manggagaling sa mga municipal agriculturist at sila rin ang gumagawa ng master list ng babayaran ng Department of Agriculture duly signed by the barangay captain, the municipal mayor and the provincial veterinarian,” Dr. Tabarejos stated.
The asst. provincial veterinarian also stated that the provincial government is trictly monitoring hog traders who are transporting pigs in the province.
“Meron na pong pumapasok ngayon at ang ginagawa naming, as long as they have the complete requirements in trading swine, gaya ng veterinary health certificate, shipping permit, at ASF-free certification,” Dr. Tabarejos explained.
As such, the provincial government remains in close coordination with the DA to hold hog owners liable for any violations they commit.
Moya added that hog raisers who are also farmers and/or members of farmers and fisherfolks are entitled to receive assistance from the provincial government, such as palay seeds and other assistance related to their organization.
The provincial government also encourages those hog raisers who are members of farmer associations to avail of the provincial Livelihood Assistance Program administered by the Provincial Population Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (PPCLDO).
To date, there are active cases in 6 municipalities in the province out of the 33 municipalities that have confirmed cases of ASF.
Also present during the question hour was League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Pangasinan Chapter President and Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil who also expressed support to the undertakings initiated by the provincial government to assist the hog raisers.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Jin Perez)