NOVEL SCHEME: Better than the dole outs to help disaster victims!

Hogs are fattened for four months before selling them.

Filipinos are good Samaritans. They are ready to lend a helping hand when disaster strike. After the 1990 earthquake, the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the Ormoc tragedy, millions of pesos were donated by the more fortunate to the victims.

MOST ARE FOR SHORT TERM – Most of the help, however, was pure dole out to take care of the immediate needs of the victims. But how about their longer-term sustenance? How are the victims to stand on their own two feet without depending upon the generosity of others?

Roger Chua and his agribusiness partners, who used to be in sugarcane planting in Negros and eventually into mango and piggery, had initiated a novel scheme that’s definitely better than the dole out type help for victims.

VICTIMS TURNED PIG RAISERS – Roger and his associates thought of helping 30 families in Negros by making them pig raisers. The 30 families were made to form a cooperative and trained to run a commercial piggery for two weeks. Then Roger provided the seed capital, the hog house for fattening 300 pigs and financed the purchase of piglets and the feeds The farmers paid for the piglets after the hogs were sold at no interest. It was businesslike.

PIGS INSURED – There was no way the farmers would lose. The animals were insured to make sure the farmers got the value of the pigs if they died. The pigs were owned by the 30 co-op members. But no individual pigs were assigned to each farmer. Theoretically, they had 10 pigs each but the animals were collectively owned by them.

TWO TAKE CHARGE DAILY – Every day, two farmers took charge of taking care of the pigs. Thus, each member was on duty for just two days in one month. The pigs were fattened for four months so each member would work in the piggery for eight days during the entire fattening period.

DISCUSSED AT AGRI – KAPIHAN –  Roger discussed their scheme during one session of the Agri-Kapihan in Quezon City where he was a regular attendee. At that time the farmers were making a profit of P400 per head. That meant that in the four months, each member made P4,000 and he had to work for only eight days!

COULD EXPAND – What’s more important, the farmers learned to operate their project as a business. It was not far-fetched to imagine that they could expand their operation, thanks to the generosity of Roger and his associates.

FARMERS DECIDED – Roger and his partners did not impose any conditions on the project. They had wanted the farmers to make most of the decisions. But if their help was needed, Roger an his partners could help them in procuring the piglets and feeds, and in marketing the hogs.

MODEL FOR NGOs – This is one approach some NGOs can adopt to help the poor farmers in the calamity areas and elsewhere.

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One thought on “NOVEL SCHEME: Better than the dole outs to help disaster victims!

  1. I do hope this article will be shared and read by rich people, especially politicians who have enriched themselves so they can reach to those who have lost their jobs during this pandemic times.

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