While others may have failed and given up swine dispersal, Catanduanes has shown positive effects with it since they started in 2006. As of today the project grows bigger in value as well as in number.
Now spanning across 16 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) throughout the province, the DAR Catanduanes-funded swine dispersal project is said to be the only one in such magnitude and viable set-up among other similar government-led projects. It has has already gained at least P449,000 since it has gained ground in 2006 starting off with just 5 recipients in Macabuluhan ARC.
At present, it boosts a cumulative count of 38 recipients since its inception, with 1 piglet to 1 household farmer-beneficiary recipient ratio. As the year 2013 folded-up, the cycle of distribution of piglets to every household beneficiary in 16 ARCs totaled 250 and yet it grows on and on in the ensuing year.
PARPO Alexander T. Teves was delighted by the fact that this project has proven that trust works in every Catandungan farmer beneficiary: “I commend the Program Beneficiary Development staff for this effort, dating back when it started in 2006 from then CARPO Nelia Tadoy to now, CARPO Nerisa Aldea, with special mention to the project’s coordinator and agri-livestock point person, Dr. John Joseph Camu, himself a licensed veterinarian and PBD staff.”
He also said that this project should continue because it is a showcase of a well-managed, locally funded project of the DAR where the community gains success while others may have given up on it.
To illustrate the success of the project, the project having had 38 recipients and valued with P2,000 worth for each piglet dispersed in every household beneficiary gained some P76,000 for last 2013. Less this year’s dispersal income for 38 piglets from the total of 250 piglets dispersed since 2006, still the project valued the remainder of 212 piglets with P2,000 each, which drew a cumulative income of P449,000 of the province for re-dispersal alone . It was noted also that there was an add-on during the last 50 piglets dispersed in 2013 with cost of each piglet rising from P2, 000 to P2,500 each.
Now with the province’s stature towards a full-blown program beneficiary development mode, this project signifies that the people in the ARCs have long been prepared for this new chapter of the program. (Eduardo Villar)