A total of 208 hog raisers from the municipalities of Maigo, Bacolod, Baroy, and Lala whose pigs were culled or depopulated due to African Swine Fever (ASF) received indemnification pay from the Provincial Veterinarian Office (PVO) on December 22, 2021.
Dr. Fritzie Provido, Provincial Veterinarian, said that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte had allotted a total of P2,094,000 to compensate for the 1,047 heads of swine that were culled due to ASF infections and those who belong within the 500 km radius.
The PGLDN has extended an emergency provision of cash assistance to hog raisers in this province who are affected by the disease outbreak to help alleviate production losses due to depopulation/culling procedures and movement restrictions.
The PVO gave the farmers P2,000 for each culled swine, and these funds were taken from the 5% DRRM Quick Response Fund of the PGLDN and PGO MOOE for CY 2021.
“This is only the first batch of our provision of cash assistance. The LGUs will also give their counterparts to the affected farmers,” Dr. Provido added.
Fernando D Buctolan, a recipient of assistance from Sta. Cruz, Maigo, said that he would use the amount in his future backyard swine-raising business.
Residents and officials of each receiving barangays conveyed their gratitude to Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo and the PVO for giving the indemnification pay, which is badly needed by the ASF affected farmers to recover from the damage in their livestock. PIO-LDN