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Awarding and Distribution of Livelihood Assistance in Rodriguez, Rizal

Author: DA Communications Group | 24 February 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar, joined by DA Regional 4A director Arnel de Mesa, awarded various livelihood projects to the 700 ASF-affected hog raisers, hundreds of other farmers, and municipal officials, all worth more than P97 million pesos.

Veterinarians and technical persons from the DA Region 4A, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and LGU of Rodriguez technically cleared the town free from ASF, after there were no reported occurrence since its first outbreak in September 2019, and after several ‘sentinel’ pigs remained healthy after months of being exposed and taken cared of in the “ASF ground zero” in the Philippines.

Secretary Dar said the experience of Rodriguez, where a total of 7,300 pigs were culled in September 2019, will serve as a model for other communities affected by ASF. He said the cooperation between the DA regional field office, provincial and municipal governments should be copied and replicated by other ASF-affected communities.

The P97-million worth of funds and livelihood projects include: 1) P35 million as indemnity to 700 hog raisers, at P5,000 per culled pig; 2) P21.5 million to thousands of Rizal rice farmers, at P15,000 each under the DA-ACPC Survival and Recovery Assistance (SURE Aid) program; and 3) P40.6-million worth of other interventions and projects. This is composed of 105 cattle, 305 goats, 30,000 native chickens, 3,100 broilers, including feeds and biologics, and 1,500 of quails with 15 units of cages. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)