Baguio City - A total of 100 displaced hog raisers and wage earners in this city were the recent beneficiaries of livelihood grants from the Department of Agriculture.
Each beneficiary was given 10 heads of chicken as an alternative livelihood to help them cope with their losses. With the provision of said livestock, the government hopes that they would raise chicken to produce livestock, meat and eggs products.
The beneficiaries have also undergone free training on chicken rearing while a sack of feed was also provided to help them start up with their projects.
Recipient Ben Pang-at, one of those affected when hog raising was banned in the city, thanked the City Government and Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) for said assistance.
“Dakel a banag (tulong) kasparigan ada masubra nga itlog ada iti masida. Ada metlang isubli (mi) nga 20 nga itlog tapnu i-incubate da tapnu ada maited iti daduma pay a beneficiary,” Pang-at said.
The distribution of chickens is one of the components of the City Urban Livestock Raising Program of DA, which targets 1,000 beneficiaries.
Livestock Raising Program
The Livestock Banner Program is focused on chicken production, rabbit raising, and beekeeping with P10M funds that were proposed by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office funded by DA-CAR.
Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Atty. Jennilyn Dawayan said the project was one of the initiatives of the city that has been supported by the agriculture department.
“We are trying to capacitate farming communities to hopefully increase egg production,” she said.
She recalled that on March 2021, the City Government of Baguio under the leadership of Mayor Benjamin Magalong and DA-CAR headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the program, which was designed as an alternative livelihood for displaced hog raisers and displaced wage earners during the pandemic.
Distributions of other livestock are scheduled on various dates to prevent mass gatherings and to ensure strict adherence to the health protocols.
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