The Provincial Veterinary Office reported livestock damage worth P1.2 million from 16 local government units of Negros Occidental due to heavy monsoon rains last week.
The PVO's damage assessment report for livestock, given to the DAILY STAR yesterday, showed that as of Jan. 15, a total of P1,179,901.52 worth of damage was recorded Jan. 12 from eight towns and eight cities of the province.
These are Salvador Benedicto, Toboso, Calatrava, San Enrique, Valladolid, Hinigaran, Pontevedra, and La Castellana towns, and the cities of Escalante, San Carlos, Sagay, Victorias, Talisay, Silay, Bago, and La Carlota.
La Carlota incurred the highest amount in damages at P275,129.92, affecting 130 livestock heads from four barangays, namely Ara-al, Sitio Nailab, 3, and La Granja. Damages recorded mostly involved carabao, native chicken, and game fowl.
Silay City also incurred P262,200 from two barangays of Guimbala-on and Patag, also affecting carabao and game fowl livestock.
Victorias City recorded livestock damages worth P195,101 in six barangays of III, VI, VII, XI, XIII, and XVIII-A, affecting swine, free range chicken, and game fowl animals.
Valladolid town reported P149,860 worth of damages in the barangays of Mabini, Tabao, and Sagwa Banwa, affecting swine, game fowl, and broiler chicken livestock.
Bago also recorded P101,527.2 worth of damages on Jan. 12 in Barangay Napoles affecting native chickens.
In Salvador Benedicto, the damage was valued at P12,726.4, Escalante City at P2,642.4, Toboso at P8,020, Calatrava - P11,591.8, San Carlos City - P4,404, Sagay City - P13,505.70, Talisay City at P36,640, San Enrique - P18,358.8, Hinigaran at P4,212, Pontevedra at P1,872, and La Castellana at P42,000.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said that P93,000 worth of damages was added yesterday from Victorias City, and the towns of La Castellana, San Enrique, and Pontevedra.
Decena said weather changes are pre-disposing factors for causing illnesses and diseases to animals.
He reminded the livestock raisers to be responsible for their animals and provide them with appropriate housing facilities like barns, especially when heavy rains or extreme heat comes.
Decena also urged them to enroll their breeder stocks in the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to make sure that they recover from the damages they might incur during disasters and calamities. *MLG
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