Livestock coordinators prepare plans for La Niña

With another weather disturbance looming, the city and livestock coordinators in Cebu bared plans to protect domestic animals.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) held a workshop on Livestock Preparedness for La Niña and El Niño on May 23 at the Capitol.

PVO Chief Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy said the output of the activity will be incorporated to the response plan of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The output, which is basically the proposed action plan of the livestock coordinators, includes their budgetary requirements.

The respective proposed action plans were the same but the budgetary requirements are different. Thebudget depends on the number of livestock at hand in the local government units (LGUs).

Some of the activities include information education campaign, establishment or expansion of forage and pasture areas, and veterinary outreach program (VOP). A VOP usually includes deworming, vitamins supplementation, vaccination, among others.

The livestock insurance program of the Capitol has been expanded in a recent memorandum of agreement approved by the provincial board.

Instead of one livestock per farmer, farmers can now enroll up to 10 domestic animals. The covered risks for livestock include not only diseases but also accidents except those caused by vehicular accidents, fire/lightning, dog bites on goats, and accidents from the transport of animals to and from the farm and place of treatment.

The livestock prevention plans for El Niño and La Niña were the same. However, in the times of cold weather and rainy season, animal shelters are needed, according to Dr. Vincoy.

For the El Niño response plan, the PVO already submitted an additional purchase request for veterinary logistics including vitamins and feeds worth more than P2.5 million.

Dr. Vincoy said another batch of veterinary logistics is going to be purchased for the protection of livestock from the effects of La Niña.

In the PVO’s El Niño progress report, the damage to livestock already reached to P7.4 million. The figures could rise as the LGUs continue to submit their own damage reports.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, the El Niño has weakened and the La Niña heavy rains are expected to take over in September.