Zamboanga City was placed under red zone due to an outbreak of African swine fever. As a result of ZABIDAs’ monitoring of Income-Generating Initiatives, it was identified that this affects ZABIDAs’ swine dispersal beneficiaries (women and farmers sectors) especially on Barangays Bunguiao and Manicahan.
Together with the swine dispersal beneficiaries of Barangays Manicahan and Bunguaio, the ZABIDA paid a Courtesy visit to the Office of the City Veterinarian on this day, June 13, 2022 at Malasiga, San Roque, Zamboanga City.
Affected beneficiaries lobbied to Dr. Arcadio Cavan Jr., Animal Production Division Chief, about their concerns and current situations in which areas with positive lab tests were granted help through the (CSWDO). While areas with negative testing received no aid and were not included in their master list of affected individuals. Following that, the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET) will lobby with the Department of Agriculture for alternative livelihoods for those affected, giving priority to those on the list.
In terms of insurance, only those unaffected barangays can apply. Especially for the west coast barangays, they would need to communicate with the City of Veterinarian in Ayala for RSBSA and PCIC insurance; and that any number of heads can apply. Moreover, the initial requirements are pit (tangkal) photos and the forms. They also shared preventive measures and were asked to assist OCVET with ASF information dissemination.
There were also issues concerning Native Chicken, which were discussed during the visit. Hence, Dr. Cavan contacted Western Mindanao State University-San Ramon to inquire about stock availability, but they were advised that the budget for 2019 chicken distribution had been reverted. To address those concerns, they will provide funding to ASF initiatives to purchase chicken but will still follow up with OCVET.
ZABIDA, under the Convenio 3 Project through the support of Manos Unidas and AECID have previously partnered with concerned line agencies in providing logistical support to qualified beneficiaries in a series of Animal Dispersal programs.