THE Province of Negros Occidental, through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), will honor local government units (LGUs) who have been its partners in implementing development initiatives contributing to a strong livestock and poultry industry.
Kathy Narez, provincial development officer II, said PVO is now in the process of identifying recipients of this year’s Provincial Veterinary Achievers Award, which will be held during the Panaad sa Negros Festival next month.
Narez said that this year’s award has 13 categories, including outstanding LGU, city and municipal veterinarians, and livestock inspector and personnel, among others.
The criteria mainly comprise implementation of livestock and poultry development programs like livelihood, animal dispersal and production, health extension services, paravet development, and genetic improvement.
“The activity is aimed at recognizing the best practices of outstanding partner-LGUs which can be replicated in other cities and municipalities,” Narez said, adding that the award is also a means of motivating them to be more active partner-implementers.
After identifying potential recipients, the PVO will then conduct an evaluation.
Aside from the implementation, the criteria for the selection of winners also include regular attendance during meetings, submission of reports, and sustainability of provincial projects being coursed through the local government.
Narez pointed out that despite the “small” budget allocations given to livestock on the national level, the provincial government still prioritizes agriculture, including crops and animals as one of its major programs.
Thus, LGUs are really vital partners of the province in sustaining these development initiatives which have been helping more local raisers and their families, she added.