Secretary Dar leads turnover of initial indemnification to ASF–affected farmers

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Created on Friday, 19 March 2021 Published Date

In a matter of 60 days after African Swine Fever (ASF) hit Eastern Visayas on January 15, 2021, the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA–RFO) 8 has started paying the indemnification to the first batch of affected hog farmers in the towns of Abuyog, Javier, and La Paz, Leyte.  Said indemnification came earlier than expected as the agency estimated the payout to happen after six months yet, at the earliest.

 

On March 2, 2021, the regional office received the special sub-allotment from the ASF Quick Response Fund amounting to Php7,905,000.00.  The allotment covers 397 affected hog farmers from the aforementioned municipalities.  They were included in the ASF Regional Task Force indemnification report submitted to the Bureau of Animal Industry on February 5, 2021.

No less than DA Secretary William D. Dar led the ceremonial turnover of the indemnification fund on March 18, 2021 to the first three towns affected by ASF in Eastern Visayas.  Out of the Php7.9 million allotment, Abuyog received the largest share at Php4,810,000.00 to indemnify 209 affected hog farmers; La Paz got Php1,680,000.00 for 97 farmers; and Javier received Php1,415,000.00 to indemnify 91 hog farmers.

The feat was made possible through sound collaboration between affected LGUs and the DA Regional ASF Task Force in ensuring the submission of full indemnification reports together with complete supporting documents.  With this, the DA–RFO 8 appeals to other affected LGUs to keep closely coordinated with the regional task force vis-à-vis ASF operations being conducted in their respective areas.  Moreover, the task force encourages the LGUs’ immediate submission of complete supporting documents to facilitate quick processing of the indemnification funds.

DA–RFO 8 commits to continue providing ASF support to affected LGUs and expedite the eradication of the disease from the region.  The public is hereby encouraged to take active participation in the observance of ASF control protocols to speed up the recovery of the regional hog industry and stabilize the supply of swine and its by–products in the market. ### Jason L. Padul, Information Officer II, RAFIS

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