The Capitol formally distributed on Monday P4.8 million worth of vehicles for meat transport, portable cow milking machines and milk storage canisters to Local Government Units (LGUs) and multi-purpose cooperatives in Cebu province.
Mary Rose Vincoy, Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) head, earlier said these insulated meat vans will be given to areas where slaughterhouses are located kilometers away from the local meat producers.
The municipalities of Consolacion, Badian, Tuburan, Medellin, Dalaguete, Dumanjug, Barili, Argao, Tudela, and Bantayan are the recipients of the brand new vehicles that cost P273, 000 each.
Vincoy said the PVO is allotting P2.75 million for these meat vans which aims to support the LGU’s meat production and in response to Gov. Hilario Davide III’s food security and countryside development agenda. However, a lone bidder won the procurement process and offered the vans at a lower price with a total amount of P2.73 million for the 10 vehicles.
Moreover, Vincoy said the PVO sought help from the Cebu Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (Cefedco) in identifying the recipients for the portable cow milking machine.
“Cefedco has what we call ‘primaries’ or other cooperatives as their members. The federation selected the cooperatives through their regular meetings, assessing their needs,” Vincoy said.
Among the cooperatives that will receive the machines are Lugo Dairy Farmers Association in Borbon, Compostela Heart Squad, Mulao Multi-purpose Cooperative in Compostela, Tayud Dairy Producers Cooperative in Liloan, San Vicente Dairy Producers Cooperative in Liloan, Binaliw Farmers Producers Cooperative in Danao, Garing Dairy Producers Cooperative in Consolacion, Argao Dairy Multi-purpose Cooperative, Cabcaban Farmer Multi-purpose Cooperative, and Basak Dairy Cooperative in Compostela.
According to Provincial General Services Office (PGSO), the 23 portable milking machines amounted to around P1.04 million, while the 160 stainless milk canisters totaled to around P1.1 million. These canisters have a storing capacity of 20 liters and were distributed to 19 municipalities. (Korinna Lucero)