ALEOSAN, COTABATO — Even confronted with unconventional geographical location of some barangays here, the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) continuously serves their constituents through its livestock program.

For around 19 barangays in Aleosan, the MAO hopes to deliver its services even to the periphery areas.

This quarter of 2011, the agriculture office, through the leadership of officer-in-charge Delia C. Cabagua, has so far intensified its livestock program.

Recently, the barangays of New Leon, Sta. Cruz, San Mateo, Bagolibas, and Upper Mingading have benefited the MAO’s artificial insemination (AI) initiative as component of their main focus — the livestock program.

“Although, when we try to ask some of our barangay residents about the status of their animals, they don’t find it a problem to have native animals. But on our side, we find it necessary to upgrade their livestocks through our AI and to help them improve their animal production,” Cabagua said.

The AI is closely supported by the Philippine Carabao Center under the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato headed by Director John Basilio.
The program is also supported by the provincial government of Cotabato under Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza through the Office of the Provincial Veterinary.

Aside from upgrading the domestic animals of farmers in Aleosan, the MAO is fortifying its rabies vaccination program (RVP) as compliance to the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 (Republic Act No. 9482).

Dr. Constatino Besana, Veterianarian-I of Aleosan, said the main concern of the program is to trigger awareness among the residents on the effects of rabies as well as establish control and prevention mechanism to hinder its spread and eventual eradication of human and animal rabies.

Dr. Besana said that MAO-Aleosan has already served the RVP to Barangay Katalicanan which has a death case due to rabies. The barangays of Cawilihan and San Mateo also benefited from the program.

The RVP is still implemented in other barangays of Aleosan.

Aside from the RVP and AI, the MAO-Aleosan also strengthens its animal health program that is carried out by the barangay as its animal health activity.

“We also administer animal vaccination to counter hog cholera and hemorrhagic septicemia. Our office also offers wound treatment, toxoid injection, surgery, castration, estrus, deworming, vitamin injection, and pregnancy diagnosis for carabao and cattle,” Dr. Besana said.

To date, the MAO programs move to the barangays of Aleosan to create further awareness of its services, even to the remote areas of the municipality as supported by Aleosan Mayor Loreto Cabaya, Jr. (REX M. RUBIO)

Source: Mindanao Cross