Eighty beneficiaries from the municipalities of Balo-i and Tagoloan received free-range chickens dispersed by the Provincial Veterinary Office on Monday, August 16, 2021.
 
This project of the PVO was funded under the 5% GAD of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, and the recipients of the said program from the two selected municipalities were marginal farmers that have a child that belongs to severely underweight children as evaluates by the Barangay Nutrition Committee.
 
Forty (40) farmers from Balo-i and forty (40) from Tagoloan were able to receive five (5) heads of Philippine Heritage Native Chickens as their capital, of which four (4) were hens and one (1) rooster. Darag chickens were known for their adaptability to local climatic conditions, hardiness, ability to farm by-products, and resistance to diseases. Moreover, they require minimal care, management, and inputs, making it more convenient for the owners.
 
“The local barangay officials and the PVO will assist the monitoring, and the beneficiaries will handle the maintenance. Once the chicken comes into the production stage, the eggs will be collected by the beneficiaries and sent to the hatchery department in PVO. After the eggs hatch, they will be sent back to the farmer”, Dr. Fritzie Provido, the Provincial Veterinarian, said.
 
Provincial Administrator Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo was also present during the event. She encouraged the farmers to care for their chickens to increase the native chicken population in the locality and maximize the utilization of land area in Balo-i and Tagoloan.
 
The farmers were thankful to the PVO, most especially to governor Angging, for allocating funds for their families and giving them alternative livelihood for another source of income to bring food and nutrients to the table. PIO-LDN