ZEP families in Bukidnon raise native hogs

Del Monte Foundation, Inc. (DMFI), in partnership with the De La Salle University (DLSU) Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture and local government units, launched the Pugad Baboy Project in 2021. The project came about based on the expressed need during the Zero Extreme Poverty 2030 (ZEP2030) family and community visioning and development planning workshops conducted in various barangays in Sumilao, Bukidnon. It is a hog-raising and dispersal project that aims to provide additional livelihood for extremely poor families, thereby improving their economic situation and enabling them to meet their other needs. With its initial success, the project has also already been expanded to the municipality of Impasug-ong through DLSU’s continued support.

Under the Pugad Baboy project, each ZEP family beneficiary is given 1 native piglet and provision of feeds until such time that the piglet has already matured and may already reproduce. The sustenance of the pig during its growing period is made possible with the assistance of the DLSU Science Foundation through its Tulong Lasalyano Program. Beneficiaries also undergo financial planning and budgeting learning session conducted by DMFI. Once the pig reproduces, the beneficiary is required to give back a piglet to DMFI; the rest are sold for the family to earn income.  The beneficiary may then continue hog-raising using income generated from the sale of the offspring of the pig. The pigs paid back to DMFI are in turn given to other ZEP families to raise.

The piglets that DMFI disperses come from its two multiplier farms established from a start-up of 10 female and 2 male piglets received by the Foundation from the Department of Agriculture in 2020. From these, a total of 205 piglets have been dispersed to-date and are thriving among ZEP2030 families. In Sumilao where the project was first introduced, beneficiaries have shared testimonies of how the sale of their pigs have helped improve their economic status enabling them to send their children to school. There are also those who are starting their very own multiplier farm to supply the local demand for native pigs.

The sustainability of the project rests on the collaborative effort of all parties: the beneficiary family on their commitment and perseverance to raise the piglets; the local government unit thru the Municipal Agriculture’s Office on its technical assistance; DMFI for the provision of the piglets for dispersal and regular project monitoring; the barangay council for assistance in project monitoring; and importantly, the funding assistance for 8-months’ feed supply of about Php12,000 per pig from a partner like the DLSU Science Foundation.

With the expansion of ZEP2030 in other Bukidnon municipalities, more extremely poor families are being identified. Del Monte Foundation plans to extend the Pugad Baboy Project to these ZEP communities where livelihood intervention is very much needed as well. We call for funding partners in this endeavor. We invite you to collaborate with us in helping uplift more Filipino families from extreme poverty towards self-sufficiency by 2030. Interested potential partners may contact DelMonteFoundation@delmonte-phil.com.

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