MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte January 2 (PIA)- Aiming to produce its own supply of food particularly on meat products for the province, Southern Leyte Provincial Governor Roger Mercado urged beneficiaries to a natural hog fattening program, however, this time to include Yolanda -stricken areas, as well.
As the Southern Leyte Socio-Economic Development (SOLSED), a newly organized cooperative based in the province launched its natural hog fattening program, Governor Roger Mercado, one of the guest speakers, urged SOLSED hog partners to make good in hog fattening as “it is an opportunity to produce for our own food in the province and even supply food for Tacloban City since we are neighbors.”
The said program released an initial 100 piglets to the 22-hog partners in Hinundayan, Southern Leyte.
He said Tacloban City and its neighboring towns are in need for food and hog meat products could be easily brought there especially with the good roads going to Leyte province.
He also said presently the province is dependent on the hog meats supply coming from Mindanao at a rate of 2,000 heads every month consumption both for Sogod and Maasin City meat products demand while it the rest of the 9,000 heads of hogs reported at the port of entry every month at Benit Ferry Terminal in Pintuyan, Southern Leyte were anticipated to be delivered at Leyte and Samar provinces.
SOLSED which is spearheaded by Representative Damian Mercado is an supposed to be his major programs to be funded by his defunct Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), therefore, the cooperative now is being mobilized at private capacity with no government funds being involved.
One SOLSED Board of Directors member noted that hogs grown under the program could easily be sold since it is SOLSED who will buy exclusive buy their raw meat.(PIA SoLeyte)