The provincial government of Negros Occidental turned over 215 breeder piglets to the local government units in the Fifth District on Wednesday.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, along with other officials, turned over the livelihood project to livestock breeders and members of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association of Negros Occidental (AHRANO) at the covered court in Binalbagan town.
The activity was attended by Mayors Raymund Tongson Jr. of Himamaylan City, Alejandro Mirasol of Binalbagan, Irene Montilla of Isabela, and Jose Nadie Arceo of Hinigaran, and Vice Mayors Manuel Vera of La Castellana and Adrian Villaflor of Moises Padilla.
The program, which is part of the Provincial Animal Genetic Improvement Program under the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), intends to help secure the income of local swine breeders to minimize the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as augment livelihood and local employment opportunities within the community, the governor said.
Lacson said that the province is looking to help more beneficiaries to ensure food security and sustainable development in the province.
The PVO led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena also distributed veterinary drugs, supplies and biologics, and financial assistance to paravets of the district.
Other districts in the province have already received the same livelihood project this year.
Meanwhile, the governor also visited the Integrated Agri-Aqua Livestock Farm located in Barangay Enclaro.*