BANGUED, Abra (PIA) -- Abrenian farmers who were affected by the prolonged Southwest monsoon last year received a livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Under its Rehabilitation and Recovery Program, the DA Cordillera and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVET) led the distribution of a total of 100 goats and bags of concentrate pellet to Abrenian farmers whose livelihood as goat raisers were affected by the severe flooding along the riverbanks due to the habagat.
The beneficiaries are from the municipalities of San Isidro, Tayum, Tineg, Pidigan, Dolores, San Juan, Langiden and La Paz.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Ruston Valera said that the selection of beneficiaries was based on the master-list consolidated by the municipal local government unit and the OPVET
“From the barangay level, the affected farmers were identified then the Municipal LGU and our office did the consolidation of list of farmers which was submitted to DA for the implementation of this program,” he said.
One beneficiary from La Paz, Ernesto Lagidao, 66, is fortunate to get a pregnant goat during the dispersal. He expressed his thanks to DA in implementing such program intended for goat raisers.
“Malaking tulong to sakin bilang isa sa mga nawalan ng alaga noong habagat. Ngayon maari ko nang ipagpatuloy ang pag-aalaga ng kambing lalo na’t buntis ang nabunot ko,” Lagidao said.
OPVET is positive that this livelihood aid will help Abrenian farmers recover from the effects of habagat as well as this COVID pandemic. (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)