DA-Caraga turns over 180 heads of goats to Surigao del Norte under accelerated hunger mitigation program

Butuan City (7 July) -- "Forget about politics but give to those who are deserving," these were the words of Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Noel P. Catre in his message during the turn-over of the DA's assistance under the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program comprising of 180 heads of goats to the Provincial LGU last June 18, 2008 held at the Provincial Kiosk, Capitol Compound, Surigao City.

The province in turn will disperse said stocks to the 12 mainland municipalities including the City of Surigao at 15 heads each consisting of 1 buck and 14 does.

Thus, he challenged the local chief executives present including the Municipal Agriculturists to forget about politics which he termed as "color coding", instead give to those beneficiaries who are in need, those who have income below the poverty line. Dubbed as "Kambingan Project", the DA together with other partner agencies like National Nutrition Council, DSWD and LGUs are giving necessary interventions to uplift the living conditions of the rural poor and reduce if nor eliminate hunger of those belonging to the vulnerable sector.

Vice Gov. Catre also urged everyone to follow the procedural guidelines of animal dispersal as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and to properly take care of the stocks so that more and more households will benefit from it.

Further, the executive also directed Dr. Julio Domiquel, the Provincial Veterinarian to continuously assist the LGUs on the problems they might encounter in the future relative to goat raising and to conduct regular monitoring to check that said animals will increase in number and that next in line beneficiaries will be served.

Aside from the stocks, the DA also distributed biologics to each LGUs and will further distribute forage seeds as support intervention of the program.

Aside from the Kambingan Project, the AHMP also facilitates distribution of assorted vegetable seeds for backyard gardening, improved native chicken, incubators, corn seeds and even tilapia fingerlings.

Also present during the event were: Asst. City Veterinarian Eva Sepe, Hon. Reynaldo Ranay of Alegria, the Vice Mayor of Malimono, agriculture personnel, PVET and DA-RFU 13 staff and farmer recipients. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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