Agriculture exec urges Taal residents to pawn livestock

April Rafales, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2020 05:54 PM

Locals feed their horses retrieved from Taal Volcano island in Balete town, Batangas on January 14, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Agriculture encouraged owners of livestock that were affected by the Taal volcano eruption to pawn their animals to the DA Taal Livestock Care Emergency Operations Center (STIARC) for half the market value instead of selling them to traders for cheap. 

These animals include pigs, chicken, cows, carabaos, and horses.

According to Agriculture Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes, traders have been taking advantage of the situation by buying these animals for a very low price.

He said pawned animals will be given feeds, biologics, vitamins and other veterinary supplies.

“Pag okay na sila at may pera na sila, pwede na nilang tubusin for the same price,” he said.

(Once they have recovered, they can pay off and get back the animals at the pawning price.) 

He added that the effort’s aim is to preserve the population of the animals.

“Ayon sa aming mga eksperto para ma-preserve yung mga lahi. Pag naubos saan sila kukuha, sa karatig bayan? Sa Quezon? Baka mamaya hindi sanay sa Taal, magkakaiba ang mga kabayo.”

(Experts said we must preserve the breed. These horses can withstand Taal unlike other breeds.)

As of writing more than 60 animals have been turned over to the shelters, and more farms are opening up their space for the same purpose.