In the Filipino province of Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. announced his plan to turn over a P1.95 million (US$45,500) backyard broiler growing project on February 29 to one dozen families in Sagay City.

Each family will be trained on chicken production and will receive 200-208 heads of broiler chicks. The project’s goal is to help low-income residents sustain earnings, according to Anna Leah Silva, project development officer of the Technology and Livelihood Development Center.

Sagay City, Manapla, EB Magalona, and Pulupandan are the pilot locations of the project; this will be expanded to other areas once successful and sustainable, Silva said.