LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – In a joint effort between the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) and the Provincial Government of Benguet, a vital intervention initiative was held on October 3, 2023 to assist livestock farmers affected by Typhoon Paeng. The collaborative endeavour is worth PhP 300,000 to aid livestock owners in their recovery efforts.
The beneficiaries from the municipalities of Bakun, Buguias, Kabayan, Kibungan, and Sablan, received essential support to mitigate the losses they incurred due to the destructive impact of Typhoon Paeng. The intervention included the provision of 5 cattle, 4 pigs, and 1 carabao, which were distributed among eight qualified recipients.
This significant assistance initiative was made possible through the allocation of funds from the DA-CAR’s calamity fund, underscoring the government’s commitment to aiding those in distress during times of adversity.
Atty. Jennilyn M. Dawayan, the OIC-Regional Executive Director of DA-CAR, emphasized the importance of promptly reporting damages incurred during calamities to ensure that the necessary financial support is allocated. She stressed, “Government resources are limited, so we should be responsible stewards of these interventions. We trust that, with time, you will leverage these resources to enhance your family’s well-being.”
Further, Governor Melchor D. Diclas echoed that the aid provided will not only alleviate the immediate burden of affected livestock farmers but also empower them to rebuild their livelihoods and contribute to the overall resilience of their community. Governor Diclas assured the continued efforts of the Provincial Veterinary Office to support and assist the farmers. He also expressed gratitude to the agency for their enduring partnership in the face of adversity.
Meanwhile, Purita L. Lesing, the Benguet Provincial Veterinarian, shed light on the background of these interventions, emphasizing that they were sourced from consolidated reports submitted by various municipalities affected by the typhoon. She advised the recipients to remain persistent and proactive, urging them not to hesitate in reporting damages to their respective Municipal Agriculture’s Office in times of calamity.
Also present during the activity were Dr. Leisly Deligen and Dr. Karl Kegis from the DA-CAR Regulatory and Livestock Division.