NEGROS Occidental, through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), will honor Friday, April 28, local government units (LGUs), institutions, organizations, and individuals in the province who have contributed in maintaining a strong animal industry.
PVO will recognize five cities and one municipality for their support in the implementation of various development initiatives.
San Carlos City will be awarded as outstanding LGU partner in goat genetic improvement project.
Cities of Himamaylan, Sagay, Cadiz and Kabankalan will receive the outstanding LGU partner in multiplier farm adoption and operation awards.
The municipality of Binalbagan and cities of Kabankalan, La Carlota, and San Carlos, meanwhile, will be awarded as outstanding partners in rabies prevention and control program.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said LGUs are vital partners of the province in sustaining its development initiatives which have been helping more raisers and their families in the locality.
Decena said both public and private sectors also play an important role in the province’s bid to maintain its status as one of the country’s leaders in livestock and poultry industry.
This year, the province will also recognize 21 individuals and groups.
For individual category, PVO will award Jovelyn Canania as outstanding partner in livelihood development and moral recovery, Rico Verdeprado for his exemplary performance as monitoring officer, Pedro Del Rosario for animal health, and Renante Ortiaga for pasture development and rice production.
Jose Rey Tamparong, Jeff Reonal, Cesar Gayem and Lored Entrealgo will receive the outstanding partner in Negros First Livestock Development program.
Joselito Jaballa will be cited for his innovative “pro-lives” concept while Ricky Arnaiz will be given the posthumous award as exemplary volunteer on veterinary extension services.
Three media establishments, including SunStar Bacolod, will also be recognized as partners in information and advocacy.
Other partner-awardees include Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate School for research and development; Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology for sheep breeding; Department of Education Division of Sagay for adoption of multiplier farms under K to 12 curriculum; and Responsible Dog Owners of Bacolod for information and advocacy on responsible dog ownership.
The Provincial Environment Management Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Department of Agriculture-Negros Island Region will be cited as partners in livestock development.
The Provincial Veterinary Achievers’ Award, which will be held at the PVO Activity Area, is part of this year's Panaad sa Negros Festival celebration.