By Felipe V. Celino
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Around P1,156,000 in financial assistance was given to 42 hog raisers in Capiz who were affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).
The amount of assistance per beneficiary depended on the number of infected hogs.
The assistance came from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) under the Department of Finance.
The provincial government is finding ways to give assistance to hog raisers who are not ensured with PCIC.
Governor Fredenil Castro said that farmers play vital roles in food security the reason why they will be given assistance as soon as possible.
Board Member Jonathan Besa, earlier said that each local government unit (LGU) should extend assistance to affected farmers after the province was placed under a state of calamity.
He clarified that the provincial government and other government agencies will only augment the assistance given by the LGUs to the affected hog raisers.
The province has P108 million in calamity funds for the year 2023, Besa added.
The provincial government earlier banned the entry of live hogs and meat in the province to ensure that ASF would not spread more in Capiz.