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City to start a cattle breeding program

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

The City Government of Naga, through the City Veterinary Office, will be purchasing breeding cows for the interested and qualified livestock farmers in the city.

Junios Elad, CVO Head, stated that they have recently noticed the decline in the number of cows being raised in the city, as confirmed by the Naga City Abattoir office, with their observed lesser number of cattles being brought in from the city for slaughter— many of which are coming from the nearby municipalities.

Under the program, the entrusted farmers will be raising the cows for two years until its breeding. After which, they will be giving back either the mother cow or the young calf to the CVO who will entrust the same also to other interested poultry farmers.

The CVO will be regularly monitoring the health of the livestock.

The program aims to raise the cattle population meantime that the city has still lots of available pasturelands particularly in the upland areas of the Naga, as well as help those livestock farmers who want to engage in cattle- raising programs.

The CVO will be coordinating with the Metro PESO in the processing of the documents of the applicants who are interested in the program.

Naga launches help for Mayon eruption evacuees

By: Armie B. Gunay

The City Government of Naga, led by Mayor John Bongat, together with the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC), Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) and the Lingkod Barangay Office (LBO), launched a donation drive to help the evacuees in several cities and municipalities in the province of Albay who were forced to leave home for safety reasons with the Mayon Volcano magmatic eruption.

The program was tagged #TabangMayon2018— a Naga City humanitarian mission in Albay which will be heading in the province, particularly in Camalig, Guinobatan and Ligao City, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The mission will be helping the evacuees with hygiene kit supplies and food items— toothbrushes, toothpastes, sanitary napkins, body soaps, diapers, face towels, canned goods, rice, noodles and bottled water.

Cash donations under the Naga City Government bank account is also encouraged among contributors.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will serve as the drop- off and coordinating center for the donations.

About 30,000 individuals have already been staying in the evacuation centers in the province of Albay, as reported, which has now been declared under the State of Calamity.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been continuing their efforts in the monitoring of the volcanic eruptions of Mt. Mayon.

Goods, cash— aids for fire victims; city plans better fire rescue ops

By: Armie B. Gunay

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) head, Annabel Vargas, already confirmed of the relief goods they have given the victims of the fire incident that broke out last January 1, 2018 at Barangay Igualdad, Naga City— leaving about nine families affected with some others, homeless.

The relief goods composed of food and non- food items which include canned goods, packed rice, and blankets among others.

The CSWDO has already been assessing the damage incurred by the incident for the processing of the cash assistance to be allotted also the victims through the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program of the city government under the CSWDO.

Meanwhile, the city government has been working on several plans to prevent the recurrence of same fire incident cases, like the purchase of mini- fire trucks and a fireboat which can serve as penetrators to help in the rescue operations in the cases of fire incidents in barangays near riverbanks and those resident areas located along narrow city streets inaccessible to huge fire trucks.

The Peace and Order Council (POC) members had already approve of the purchase scheduled this first quarter of the year— in preparation for the dry season this coming summer months.

The City Government is likewise planning the creation of a Task Group Arson which will be a collaborative team composed of different agencies including the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Naga City Police Office (NCPO), and the Metro Naga Water District (MNWD) among others that will work together to hasten the over- all operation and prevent further fire destruction.