Typhoon "Emong" victims to get livelihood assistance
by Dan B. Codamon
Lagawe, Ifugao (12 June) -- To help the victims of typhoon "Emong" here to rebuild their homes, resurrect their livelihood and bring their lives back to normal, the provincial government has set-up a livelihood fund for them.
Initiated by Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr. with a funding of P500,000, the project will embark on a livestock loan designed specifically for the victims and other people in crisis situation.
Typhoon 'Emong" was not the strongest typhoon to hit this province but with its continuous heavy rains, it left behind 16 people dead, P83 million worth of losses in agricultural products and P224 million damages to infrastructures.
This livestock loan project will be a special loan window for victims of calamities and it will offer various loans such as gilt, piglet loan, goat loan package and carabao loans.
It differs from the regular livestock loan of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) and that of the Department of Agriculture (DA) because it is non-interest and has a longer repayment period.
For the gilt loan, the recipient will receive gilt which is at least five months old and weighing not less than 90 kilos. The beneficiary will repay the loan with two female piglets, the first piglet paid on the first farrowing and the second on the second farrowing.
The piglet loan provides one piglet per beneficiary and the repayment is one piglet paid on the first farrowing while the goat loan package consists of two does per recipient.
A buck will be given to a group of recipients if it is established that there are no male breeder goat within the locality with a repayment ratio of 1:1 with a loan duration of two years.
For the carabao loan, a female carabao which is at least two years old and weighing not less than 200 kilos will be provided and the repayment will be its first offspring whether male or female.
All repayments under this special project will be re-loaned to other victims of calamities or to people in crisis situation.
Dr. Gloria Evangelio of the PVET, who is in charge of the project, said that the first priorities are the poor families who sustained extensive or heavy losses and who have minimal access to assistance.
She said that the P500,000 fund of the project will be used to procure 10 heads of gilt costing P100,000, 22 piglets worth P55,000 at P2,500 each, 50 heads of doe valued at P150,000 at P3,000 per head, 7 bucks at P5,000 each amounting to P35,000 and 8 heads of caracow costing P160,000 at P20,000 each.
She explained that a farmer who lost his crop and work animal if given a carabao can continue to work the fields and still be productive while a housewife who lost a husband if given a livelihood project may be able to earn income that will help sustain her family. (PIA Ifugao) [top]