Pilmico gives livelihood assistance to ASF-hit swine raisers in Mindanao

Pilmico’s flagship livelihood program provided egg machine and quail egg kits to swine raisers in Mindanao last September and October.

Pilmico Foods Corporation (Pilmico), in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI), extended livelihood kits to swine farmers in various cities in the Mindanao Region last September and October. Egg Machines and Quail Egg kits were distributed to 26 swine raisers whose livelihoods were significantly affected by the ongoing problem of African Swine Fever (ASF). 

As the country continues to recover from the effects of the animal disease, Pilmico thought of giving ASF-hit farmers other forms of livelihood for their additional source of income in times of need. Moreover, this initiative is in line with their aim to create and provide sustainable agribusiness opportunities for backyard farmers.

“Successful entrepreneurs are not built overnight, and the biggest factor in the success is the dedication of the owner. This livelihood is only the start, and we are hopeful that this livelihood will grow in the future. We, in Pilmico, guarantee to help the beneficiaries all throughout this journey. Mabuhay ang backyard farmers,” said Floreda Molina, Regional Sales Manager of Pilmico.

Various beneficiaries from the CARAGA, Misamis Oriental, and Lanao del Norte regions received livelihood kits to serve as an alternative source of income.

Ten beneficiaries received egg machine kits; each kit includes 96 ready-to-lay hens, Pilmico feeds good for 1 month, a weighing scale, and animal health products. Meanwhile, 16 beneficiaries of the quail egg kits received 200 ready-to-lay quails, feeds for 1 month, and animal health products. Aside from these livelihood essentials, beneficiaries will also have access to technical assistance provided by Pilmico. 

Pilmico conducted a series of turnover ceremonies last September 21 for CARAGA beneficiaries, October 26 in Misamis Oriental, and October 29 in Lanao del Norte. 

Dr. Perla T. Asis, DM, City Veterinarian of Cagayan De Oro extends her gratitude to Pilmico. “The City Veterinary Office appreciates the project of Pilmcio to distribute these livelihood kits to the beneficiaries that would help them earn additional income. This project will be a good opportunity for the beneficiaries to recover from the loss brought by the ASF,” she said. 

Pilmico Livelihood Kit is their flagship corporate social responsibility project that provides sustainable livelihood opportunities to backyard farmers, bakers, and aspiring agribusiness entrepreneurs nationwide. 

Cebu-Bohol Beneficiaries: 

Pilmico Livelihood kits beneficiaries hold feeding programs in their communities

Bakery Livelihood Kit beneficiary Leonida Tambalo from Bohol held a feeding program for daycare students. 

Last July  2022, Pilmico in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), donated gilts, egg machines, and bakery livelihood kits to several Typhoon Odette survivors. This aims to uplift their livelihoods and help them following the onslaught of the typhoon in Cebu and Bohol. 

Two beneficiaries of the “Padayon sa Pagbusay” initiative paid it forward through a feeding program in their communities last November. Leonida Tambalo, a Bakery Livelihood kit beneficiary from Ubay, Bohol, gave bread and juice to over 20 daycare students. Meanwhile, Teofista Apura, an Egg Machine kit beneficiary from Carcar City, Cebu made a simple lunch meal for more than 30 people. 

According to the beneficiaries, this was their simple gesture of gratitude to Pilmico, AFI, and RAFI who gave them much-needed help and continue to do so as they sustain their business. 

Their simple way of giving back to their communities embodies and further solidifies the greater purpose of the Aboitiz Group — “to drive change for a better world.”