Barangay Zaragosa of the municipality of Aloguinsan, midwest of Cebu achieved zero livestock mortality in 2013.
Officials credit the achievement to the regular veterinary mission of the Capitol and the follow up doses from the municipal government.
Zaragosa Barangay Captain Rogelio Ybañez is thankful for the veterinary missions. He said, “Kasagaran man gud sa ila mga farmers. Ang atong maayong ikatabang sa ila mao gyud ning livestock vaccination para di sila mawagtangan sa ilang panginabuhi (Most of our constituents are farmers. The best that we can do for them is to provide regular free livestock vaccination so we can avert the loss of their livelihood).”
This year, around 280 households in Zaragosa availed of the Capitol’s free vaccination during the veterinary mission last Tuesday, April 22.
Aside from livestock vaccination, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office also injected the animals with vitamins and dewormers. Several dogs were also given anti-rabies vaccination. The livestock included carabaos, oxen, and goats.
Dr. Maria Christine Hope Ibañez, PVO market specialist II, said every year they conduct veterinary missions all over the province. She revealed that the barangays can avail of the same services upon the request of their officials.
In Zaragosa’s case, the municipal government and the barangay also provided vaccines as their counterpart.
Aloguinsan Agricultural Technician Edgar Napoles said the barangay made a laudable effort to call for a regular vaccination of their animals. He said the program saved the farmers money because their livestock no longer got sick. They did not have to buy medicines anymore.
“This is totally needed especially now that the climate is getting hotter,” he added.