NEGROS Occidental Governor Bong Lacson inspected and turned over to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) the Emergency Livestock Hauling Vehicle that intends to safeguard livestock and poultry in cases of imminent dangers such as natural calamities or disasters.
It will be used to transport livestock away from disaster-affected areas for safety. It will also carry forage and pasture grasses to areas affected by extreme weather conditions, as well as deliver animal biologics, vitamins, supplements and supplies to the affected PVO District Field Unit or local government units. It will be available for use of the LGU Breeding Centers and Multiplier Farms in the province.
The project costs P2, 270,000 and was sourced out from the 2019 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.
According to PVO, it will strengthen the implementation of the existing disaster preparedness, risk reduction and response and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies by ensuring that the PVO Livestock Emergency Responders will be able to act or respond promptly in cases of any impending or actual disaster so as to minimize its negative impact in the livestock and poultry industry of the province.
The province has 11 LGU-based animal production or breeding centers and satellite farms and 14 multiplier farms located in different LGUs.
It will be stationed at the PVO Main Office ready for dispatch in case of emergency requiring the transport of animals. (PR)