LINGAYEN ---- More than 100 livestock were given animal healthcare treatment by the Veterinary Medical Mission conducted by the provincial government thru the Office of the Veterinarian (OPVET) last Thursday, May 22 at Brgy. Macaleeng in Anda town.
With a theme, “Enhancing Animal Industry for Good Opportunity Venture in Pangasinan,” the mission in tandem with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Regional Office and the Municipal Agriculture Office, aims to help the farmers and fisherfolks to increase their income.
OPVET officer-in-charge Dr. Eric Perez said the holding of veterinary medical mission, especially in remote barangays, is one of the priority thrusts of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.
“Ang provincial government sa pamumuno ni Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. ay inilalapit ang iba’t ibang programa para sa ating mga hayop para sila ay mabigyan ng mga kaukulang atensyon upang sila ay mapanatiling malusog at lalo pang mapalawig ang animal industry sa ating lalawigan,” he said as he urged the residents not to sell their female carabaos still fit to breed.
Last March 27 this year, the provincial government received a plaque of recognition from the PCC for its efforts to prevent the depletion of the carabao through the passing of Provincial Ordinance No. 170-2013 which prohibits the selling of female carabaos that are still considered breedable.
About 57 cattles, 30 carabaos, 8 goats and 12 dogs were given medical treatment which include deworming, artificial insemination, pregnancy prognosis, vitamins supplementation and anti-rabies vaccination
The activity, which has benefitted 38 Macaleeng residents, was a coordinated effort of the PCC staff headed by Dr. Reynaldo Paneda, artificial insemination coordinator, OPVET staff and the LGU’s Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Elizabeth Tomas.
Village chief Damasino Gacutan, Jr and members of the barangay council expressed their gratitude to Gov. Espino for bringing the program to their barangay.
“Marami sa aming mga anak ay nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral dahil sa tulong ng pagbebenta ng baka at kalabaw,” he said.