THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental generated almost P9.2 million in revenues through farm income and various fees collected last year, which is six percent higher than 2015's P8.1 million.
Shiela Jumayao, project development officer IV, said the highest income was generated from animal shipment permit fees totaling to P6.7 million collected by the Veterinary Permit Division, and ports in cities of San Carlos, Cadiz, Victorias, and Escalante.
PVO's income from Capitol-run farms Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in La Granja, La Carlota City and Negros First Ranch I Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia, including rental and training fees, reached P1.3 million.
For animal and license registration, inspection and health certificate fees, the 2016 income amounted to P490,270.
Other revenues came from dairy production income, P499, 994; and anti-rabies vaccine and other laboratory fees, P61, 972.
"The income generated becomes the province's additional savings, which is used to fund various programs of PVO," Jumayao said, adding that the increase in revenue is attributed to the stronger movement of animals and better services provided by the provincial government.
In 2014, the province's revenues totally only P7.1 million, or 15.5 percent lower than the succeeding year's.
Provincial Tax Ordinance 11-001, or an ordinance amending certain provisions of the 2007 Provincial Revenue Code of the Negros Occidental, mandates the collection of fees for the shipment of animals, particularly livestock and poultry.
Under this ordinance, fees for other veterinary services are imposed, including inspection of large and small domestic animals, poultry, game fowls; issuance of permits for transport; and inspection and issuance of certificate of registration to commercial livestock and poultry farms.
It also has a provision to collect registration and licensing of livestock and poultry handler or trader, and diagnostic laboratory services fees which vary depending on the type of test.
PVO implements a 40-60 scheme, wherein ports in different local government units (LGUs) have an income share of 40 percent from the total shipment fees collected while the rest goes to the province.
Moreover, PVO records further showed that like the previous years, the highest income was generated during the month of January.
In 2016, revenues hit P896,338 during this month.
It is mainly because most breeders, handlers, and commercial farm owners are renewing their registrations and licenses every first month of the year, it added.