LINGAYEN—For regulating the sale and slaughter of female carabaos (riverine buffaloes and crossbreds), Pangasinan was granted by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) a plaque of recognition for its efforts to prevent the depletion of the carabao.
The LGU-Partner Champion award was presented last March 27 at the PCC National Gene Pool and Headquarters in Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
Board Member Raul Sison, author of Provincial Ordinance No. 170-2013 signed into law by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. last March 2013, received the plaque and presented it during today’s flag-raising rites.
The ordinance which prevents the depletion of carabaos in the province, especially those that are breedable, included a buy-back scheme where carabao owners are encouraged to sell their carabaos to either the provincial government or the local government units which will, in turn, distribute them as additional stocks to dairy cooperatives in the province to boost livestock and dairy production.
PCC Officer-In-Charge Felomino V. Mamuad said the passing and implementation of PO 170-2013 strongly demonstrated unequivocal support to the upgrading of carabaos and development of the carabao-based enterprises spearheaded by the provincial government through the Office of the Provincial Veterinary in cooperation with the PCC based at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University.
BM Sison said Pangasinan is the only province to receive such recognition.
Gov. Espino who fully supports the project, has earlier noted during his State of the Province Address last February that “we are so far the only province in the country to pass and implement an ordinance for the regulation of the sale of female carabaos.”
The PCC said the ordinance paved the way for the creation of the carabao build up trust fund with an initial seed fund of P1-million and an annual allocation of P500, 000 for the buy-back scheme of breedable carabaos offered for sale or slaughter by carabao owners or livestock traders.
In a related move, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, in its regular session today, also passed and approved Provincial Resolution No. 509-2014 which authorizes the provincial treasurer to open an account with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for the Provincial Carabao Herd Build Up Trust Fund.
BM Danny Uy who sought for the immediate approval of this resolution said the fund which shall be placed in a separate account of the province with LBP shall be used in the buy-back scheme from farmers in Pangasinan.