TULUNAN, COTABATO – Around 27 farmers from more than 10 villages in Tulunan, Cotabato were given live goats by the Provincial Government of Cotabato thru the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVET) in a turn-over ceremony held at the office of the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) on November 13, 2013.
Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza led the turn-over of the farm animals which falls under the Cattle Dispersal Program of the provincial government which for almost four years now has already distributed hundreds of goats, cows and pigs to different farmer-beneficiaries.
With Gov. Taliño-Mendoza in the activity was Provincial Veterinarian Dr Rufino Suropia and other active provincial officials namely Board Members Jomar Cerebo and Ivy Dalumpines of the 3rd District of Cotabato, Tulunan Mayor Lanie Candolada and the Sangguniang Bayan members of Tulunan municipality.
Also present during the activity was Board Member Loreto Cabaya, Jr. the Chair of Environment and Agriculture who takes charge of overseeing all the dispersals.
The governor said that the Cattle Dispersal Program aims to augment the livelihood of the beneficiaries and if the farm animals are taken cared of would definitely give much help to the farmers.
This is especially true to small farmers with minimal income or source of living the governor said.
“Support to agriculture means helping our farmers and animal growers especially in far-flung villages. Our farmers can gain with this farm animals and all they have to do is to raise it well as their counterpart” Gov. Taliño-Mendoza addressed the beneficiaries.
The farmer-beneficiaries came from the barangays of Sibsib, Bagumbayan, Banayal, New Panay, Nabundasan, Minapan, Poblacion, Maybula, Paraiso, Kanibong, Tambac, La Esperanza and New Culasi.
Mayor Candolada said she shares the bliss of the farmers and that the municipal officials are grateful to the provincial government for giving the much-needed assistance.
“This is a proof that here in Tulunan as well as in the other towns of Cotabato the “Serbisyong Totoo” advocacy is not just a plain slogan but is truly working for the people.
Part of the agreement between the provincial government and the farmer-beneficiaries is for the latter to give back the first offspring (in the case of female animal) to the OPVET.
This is to enable the said office to distribute more cattle to other deserving farmers thus making the program itself sustainable and more practical.