The Cebu Provincial Government helped farmers fulfill their wishes of having owned cattle to help them in their field.
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) started distributing large cattle to the farmers in the north, kicking off the implementation of Capitol’s large animal dispersal program this year.
“Pasalamat ko sa gobernador kay nitabang jud namong mga pobre (I thanked the governor for really helping us poor farmers),” said Pablo Peñaranda of Barangay Don Virgilio Gonzales, municipality of Medellin.
Peñaranda, who only relied on farming to raise his children, said the carabao gave him a new hope in life, “nga may ugma jud ming paaboton (that we have something to forward to).”
Fortunately for him and the rest of the recipients, they will not shell out a single centavo to own a carabao or cow.
Under the program, the recipients of the carabao should turn over its offspring (at least six months old) to the Capitol as payment.
For the recipients of cows, the mother cow would be turn over to the province while the calf (at least six months old) remains with the farmer.
Based on the order of Governor Hilario P. Davide III, the prioritized recipients are farmers from the 16 typhoon Yolanda-hit areas in the north.
These local government units (LGUs) are Medellin, San Remigio, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Daanbantayan, Bogo City, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod, Bantayan, Santa Fe, Madridejos, Pilar, San Francisco, Tudela, and Poro.
The beneficiaries were identified through the office of Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III or were endorsed by the respective local chief executives. The areas, which have active artificial insemination program, are also being prioritized by the Capitol.
Dr. Vincoy said this is a new program of the Capitol under the current administration. The newly-arrived cattle are just the first batch of livestock to be distributed to farmers this year.
This is composed of 45 cows, 30 carabaos with plows, and 10 dairy cows.
The Capitol is set to purchase at least 200 more heads of cattle within the year to be distributed to other LGUs in the province.
All the carabaos are also female, which emphasized the signaled the long-term objective of the province to turn the island into a dairy producing area.
“Ang usa nga makatabang nako mao ang mamahimong halin unya nako sa akong bahin (It would help me later on after I get my disposable part of the bargain),” Ferlina Gadula of Barangay Manyo, municipality of San Remigio.
“Hinaot nga palampuson jud mis Ginoo nga walay kakulian among gibuhi (I hope God will help us successful and get our livestock healthy), she added.