Villapando is the provincial board’s chairman of the transportation, communication and games and amusement committees; and the vice chairman of the agriculture committee.
He also urged the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) here to invest in carabao cross-breeds that will soon flock the province’s farm lands instead of buying tricycle units, having their own variety (sari-sari) store, or internet shops which he said are the common investments of active and retired OFW’s today.
The local legislator revealed that the province, through the Provincial Veterinary Office, is on the process of negotiations, research and studies with the Philippine Carabao Center to let the native female carabaos in Barangay Alion in Mariveles town to interbreed with their Bulgarian bulls.
“Imagine if we can raise hundreds or thousands of this breed of carabaos in our province. Mas malaki ang kita sa pagpo-produce at pagbebenta ng gatas ng baka at kalabaw o karne nito kesa mamasada ka ng tricycle, less pollution pa,” Villapando added.
In a related development, actor/comedian-turned-public servant Board Member Dexter “Teri Onor” Dominguez reported that his resolution at the provincial board for the province to have a “Dairy Carabao Farm for Sustainable Agriculture” in 11 towns and one city has been approved recently.
Dominguez’s ordinance seeks to have more viable programs to uplift the economic status of livestock farmers in the province through the help of his friends in Congress.