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PGIN readies animal shelters for rainy season

by PGIN-CMO

Jul. 21, 2020 ...

The Provincial Veterinary Office, together with the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO), inspected four animal shelters earlier this week to examine the facilities' level of disaster preparedness in case a strong typhoon hit Ilocos Norte.

"Kasama namin ang PEO sa pag-inspect ng mga animal shelters. Sinuri namin ang mga ito bago i-turnover sa mga local government units (LGU). Ayon sa Memorandum of Agreement, ang mga LGU ang bahala sa management ng mga animal shelters pagkatapos itong i-turnover sa kanila," Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida M. Valenzuela said.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte had constructed animal shelters in four towns, namely: Badoc, Currimao, Dingras, and Solsona.

"Sa Dingras, due for turnover na. Sa Solsona naman, ang counterpart ng LGU ay ang pagpapalitada ng daan papunta sa shelter. Habang sa Badoc, may kaunting repair pa na kailangan gaya ng mga rain gutter sa building. At sa Currimao, ongoing pa ang construction ng animal shelter," Dr. Valenzuela expounded.

Inside the animal shelters, a designated space is for each kind of animal such as cow, carabao, hogs, goat, and sheep, among others.

According to Dr. Valenzuela, her team has coordinated with the City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers in the identification of animal shelters in flood-prone areas.

She further suggested that a vacant lot, auction market, tobacco curing barn, or old building can be utilized as temporary shelters during the rainy season.

The Provincial Government will also provide water storage drums, free animal feeds, and vitamins in shelters as part of its sustained disaster mitigating efforts.

In August 2019, Ilocos Norte was battered by typhoon "Ineng," leaving over P7.5 Million damages in the livestock sector alone.