The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) through the Regulatory Division releases Php5.96 Million to the 168 Swine Raisers in Ifugao on May 11-12, 2021.
This is to compensate the losses of hog raisers from Aguinaldo, Asipulo, Lagawe, Hingyon, Kiangan, and Banaue where 1,192 swine were culled last year. The DA paid P5,000 for every head culled, however, there should be a maximum of only 20 pigs per owner.
Ifugao Governor Jerry U. Dalipog expressed his gratitude to the Department’s assistance as hog raising is one of the main sources of income in the province.
“I urge you to put the money into good use especially during the pandemic,” he said.
He also urged local government units and the communities to be vigilant and to cooperate in monitoring other entry of hogs and swine products and by-products that may cause the spread of the virus.
Likewise, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. James Gopeng encourages the hog raisers to cooperate and abide by the checkpoint protocols and preventive measures to contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).
He said that providing ASF indemnification fund is proof that the government is doing all efforts to reach out to the ASF-affected hog raisers.
Roy Daulayan Sr. of Asipulo, Ifugao who received Php 90,000 cash for the pigs he surrendered for depopulation said that the assistance is worth waiting for.
He said he will make sure that his farm is safe from the disease and must implement all the biosecurity measures which include disinfecting the livestock housing and all farming equipment before starting hog raising again.
Another backyard hog raiser who recently received Php 100,000 indemnification fund was Morena Bayangan of Aguinaldo, Ifugao. She said they were really affected by the spread of the ASF virus but still they were grateful for the assistance of the government. She will be using the fund for hog raising once Ifugao will be declared as ASF Free province.
To date, a total of Php8.2 M were distributed to the 295 hog raisers from Ifugao, Kalinga, and Benguet under the Quick Response Funds .//
DA-CAR Press Release No. 21-70
Photo by: Department of Agriculture – Cordillera