MAASIN CITY-Those who raised farm animals should be listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) as basis to avail of the assistance in case anything bad happens to their pets, the information officer of the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office announced.
“Our assistance to help recover our livestock farmers — livestock raisers or livestock farmers, still they are farmers — is already through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC),”  Christina Colasito, information officer of DA-8, said in an interview over Kapihan sa PIA Eastern Visayas, Friday, May 27, hosted by Gemma Tabao, Infocen Manager of PIA Leyte.
Colasito made the statement in response to a query on the fate of those who tended hogs and swine but were summarily included in the culling process as part of protocol measures to contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the province.
“So, it is still important that every livestock raiser or livestock farmer be included in the RSBSA.  This will serve as guide, as basis, for PCIC to indemnify them, because of this ASF,” Colasito stated.
The concerned hog raiser is advised to simply go to their respective municipal agriculture or veterinary offices, because registration is free and, once registered, he or she will automatically be registered also with the PCIC, Colasito said.
“So the best, sir, for our farmers there in Southern Leyte, kindly tell them to go to the office of the municipal agriculturist or, luckily if there is, the veterinary office in your area, so that you can be guided on how to register and avail of livestock insurance,” Colasito further said
(LDL/MMP/PIA8-Southern Leyte)