A rescue center in Hinobaan town has provided temporary shelter for some livestock and poultry animals in southern Negros Occidental displaced by a flood brought on by Typhoon Quinta on Sunday, October 25.
Local raisers were able to hurriedly bring their animals, hogs, cattle, goats and carabaos to the rescue center at Barangay Pook to save them from the floodwaters.
Dr. Merie Ann Tolentino, Provincial Veterinary Field Unit–District 6 veterinarian, in a report, said many other animal raisers wanted to bring their animals to the Hinobaan Animal Rescue Center, however, due to very bad weather, only those from nearby areas were able to do so.
The animal rescue center was donated by the provincial government. through the Provincial Veterinary Office. to the municipality of Hinobaan to strengthen disaster preparedness and risk reduction efforts in the province, which was declared by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration as highly vulnerable to the effects of disasters like landslides, drought and flood, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.
The PVO, an agency mandated to safeguard livestock and poultry in cases of imminent disaster, also has an animal rescue center in northern Negros, at Poblacion II, Sagay City, Decena said.
The PVO recognizes the importance of livestock and poultry in ensuring food security and reduction of poverty since they are a source of income and means of livelihood to many Negrenses in the province, he said.*