Abra hog raisers reorganize, push for selective ban on livestock
by Maritess B. Beņas
BANGUED, Abra (29 September) -- The Abra Hog Raisers Association has been reorganized and reactivated to address the pressing problems of the members particularly low buying price for live weight by the meat vendors here.
The new set of officers was unanimously voted in a general assembly meeting held last week at the Mega Centrum Function Hall are president, Ms. Mer V. Valera; vice-president, Mr. Anthony Galsim; secretary, Dr. Maritess B. Beņas; treasurer, SBM Salvacion B. Borja; Auditor - Dr. June Bigornia; sgt.-at-arms - Capt. Bartolome Montejo, Mr. Leo Formoso and Mr. Modesto Britos; board of directors: Ely Borja, Jovito Bisares, Claudio Garcia, Valin Bumatay, Jaime Barber, Placido Gallardo, Pedrito Biņegas, Margie Timbreza, Dennis Turqueza and Cesar Lopez.
Concerning the very low buying price for the live-weight by the meat vendors particularly in Bangued, the association members are looking into the possibility of putting up their own buying station and retail stall to control the prices in the market. This problem on the low buying price is very much felt by the livestock raisers because of the high prices of inputs like the cost of the piglets for fattening, the feeds and the maintenance of the stocks.
Aside from the issue of prices, the body also appealed to Dr. Ruston P. Valera, the provincial veterinarian (PVET) for the continuing and more tightened implementation of the quarantine law for livestock. This move would prevent the entry of livestock into the province, which, are possible carriers of infectious diseases like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and hog cholera as these would wrought havoc to the livestock industry.
It can be recalled that hog cholera had a recent outbreak in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, but because of the ban on the entry of livestock in Abra, the province was spared from the outbreak.
Relative to these concerns, Mayor Dominic B. Valera, who is the immediate past president of the association, pledged his full support to the group. The monthly meetings of the executive officers will be held in the Mega Centrum so they need not go to the PVET office in Brgy. Calaba, Bangued. (PIA-Abra) [top]