About 48 people’s organizations and 96 in Negros Occidental received farm animals recently through the Negros First Animal Dispersal program of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.
Cathyrine Narez, provincial livestock coordinator, said yesterday that about 2,122 animals were dispersed and seven egg machines were given to beneficiaries to help them start their livelihood and animal production.
The province distributed 2,020 free-range chickens, 102 piglets, and egg machines that come with 48 heads of ready-to-lay pullets with feeder, waterer, and 25 kilos of feeds, Narez also said.
The beneficiaries included rebel returnees, farmers, pastors, and people’s cooperatives from the cities of Bago, La Carlota, Talisay, Kabankalan, Victorias, San Carlos, Himamaylan, and Sagay and from the towns of Binalbagan, Don Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan, Isabela, Mucia, Hinobaan, Toboso, and Manapla, she said.
Meanwhile, pastors trained as paraveterinarians received their stipend for May and June of P58,000, Narez said.
She said pastors received a P500 monthly allowance for the province to conduct animal health extension services and assist PVO in providing veterinary services in remote areas.
Pastor paravets perform deworming, vaccination, drug administration, and other services offered by PVO, Narez added.*LTG