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Chatto dares BALA to make purok self-governed

29 Jun Posted by in news & events | Comments Off

Gov. Edgar Chatto has dared the over a thousand Barangay Livestock Aides (BALA) in the province to impart their skills and volunteerism in the puroks and leave there the capacity to manage self. By this, they not just deliver services but teach and allow the basic communities even in the hinterlands to exercise self-governance, the top provincial leader said.
Chatto sounded the challenge in the three-day BALA District Congress during which he and provincial veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz turned over useful livestock-raising manuals and veterinary kits.They also recognized BALA’s work and “biting” commitment to the anti-rabies campaign in the province.
In a media interview, the governor called Lapiz “the firing lady of BALA.” The services of BALA, which is under the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV), has proved to be so essential to the production of animals, particularly those dispersed by the government, as a household livelihood and a growing industry sector of agriculture.Being directly and most easily accessible when urgent veterinary services are needed in the barrios, the livestock aides have been called by the governor as the “BHWs (Barangay Health Workers)” for animals.As partners in the livestock industry, the BALA members have reinforced the fight against poverty, Chatto said.The governor said they could be more effective in their expanding services should they have counterparts in the puroks in all barangays.An empowered purok is essential to ensuring the delivery of government services and desired impact of projects and programs.Chatto stressed that because a purok is knowledgeable, it learns to raise its concerns, which cannot be addressed at its level, to proper channels and get there fast.Likewise, the governor, who heads the provincial anti-disaster body, underscored the uncompromising need for a purok to be proactive, most preciously in disaster preparedness and quick emergency response.He recalled that days before the unforgiving earthquake in 2013, there were BALA members who reported some “strange” animal behaviors.The unusual movements of the animals made the governor curious as they may, in an unwanted future, foretell a natural phenomenon that only their kind can sense before its occurrence.Being “familiar with the ways” of the animals, livestock aides may in turn be able to relay some sort of a “precaution” without necessarily causing panic, although it pays to refer to scientific bases.Lapiz articulated the BALA accomplishments, expanding services and new targets.Attended by livestock aides from Bohol’s three districts at JJ’s Seafood Village here from Tuesday to Thursday, the congress was also graced by Dir. Joel Elumba of the Department of Agriculture (DA-7) Research and Regulatory Division.



The BALA is a legacy of Chatto and Rep. Rene Relampagos, it being created and institutionalized during their capitol incumbency as then vice governor and governor, respectively.Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim was yet a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), which presiding officer then was Chatto who, himself, had authored the BALA ordinance.
The congress was graced, too, by Provincial Board Members Abeleon Damalerio, who chairs the SP agriculture committee, Tomas Abapo, Jr. and Elpidio Jala of the First, Second and Third Districts, respectively.Copied by a number of provinces, the BALA has since been one of Bohol’s initiatives reaping a Galing Pook Award, reputed to be the Nobel Prize to a local best practice in the country.Chatto assured the livestock workers of consistent support because apart from their being people’s livelihood partners, their industry provides food.Bohol’s promising dairy production from animal milk helps sustain people’s health and adds vitamin to livelihood.
Chatto inspired and commended the livestock aides, citing their voluntary services and response to the call of duty regardless of time and climate.Lapiz herself was most inspired throughout the three-day congress as news flashed about her daughter having topped, along with another Boholano, in the national board exams for nurses.
In the field legwork of the BALA program is its provincial coordinator who is a mediaman, Robert Milan “Bob” Galero. (Ven rebo Arigo) BOHOL TAMBAYAN Bohol Tribe (boholano kami)


SOURCE: EDCOM (Ven rebo Arigo)


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