LINGAYEN–The provincial government is tapping all municipal and city governments to help in the campaign to address the dwindling carabao population in Pangasinan.
A two-day caravan that will start on February 13 in the western part of the province will be held to distribute copies of the ordinance containing the regulation policies particularly on the sale and slaughter of female carabaos.
Pangasinan is the first province in the country to pass and implement the regulation of sale and slaughter of female carabaos.
Provincial Ordinance No. 170 provides for the establishment and maintenance of provincial and municipal animal registry for carabaos, riverine buffaloes and crossbreds carabaos for carabao-based enterprise development.
Pursuant to the ordinance, a person who owns a female breedable carabao will have to obtain clearance from the City/Municipal Agricultural Office before slaughtering the animal, Perez explained.
Punishable acts, with corresponding penalties, are provided for the sale and slaughter of quality carabaos without the proper documents and permits, willful act of not registering carabaos to the Province Carabao Herd Registry (PCHR), and non-cooperation in the monitoring of status and performance of carabaos.
In Pangasinan, the number of carabaos declined from 110,268 in 2010 to only 77,794 in 2013.
Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Director Gloria dela Cruz said Pangasinan’s carabao population comprises 60 percent of the total in Region I.
PPC has also chosen Pangasinan as the point of development of the genetic improvement program (GIP) to increase carabao population and is eyeing the province to be the Center of Carabao Dairy of the North. (PIA1-Pangasinan/EBS)