ILOCOS SUR – With the aim of finalizing the distribution of indemnification fee to ASF-affected hog raisers before the year ends, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 1 hands a total of P28.5 million to 874 recipients from the municipalities of Tagudin in Ilocos Sur and Sudipen in La Union.

In an interview with Dr. Annie Bares, chief of the Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Office 1, she said that from the total P229 million requested to indemnify hog raisers, the DA has yet to distribute P44.5 million to 1,372 farmers from the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.

She added that to comply with DA Secretary William Dar’s directive to disburse the fund as soon as possible, the DA-RFO 1 team accelerates distribution to beneficiaries who shall receive P5,000 for each culled hog.

Said amount is still part of the Quick Response and contingency funds allocated to compensate the losses incurred from 2019 to June 2021 due to deaths and preventive culling to arrest the further spread of the African Swine Fever virus.

In July, the payment of indemnification was transferred to the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) under the Department of Finance.

In the next few weeks, P7.045 million will be given to 221 hog raisers in Ilocos Sur, P19.285 million for 631 raisers in La Union, and P18.190 million for 520 farmers in Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, Bares advised farmers who are planning to repopulate on their own to coordinate with their municipal agriculturists to ensure that their hogs are ASF-free.###

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