Hindang, a fifth class municipality in Leyte is now well-known in Tacloban City, Cebu; and Masbate as a reliable supplier of live hogs and meat. This is due to the Family Income Augmentation Program of Hindang initiated in 1992 by the Municipal Development Council and the people's cooperatives which increased the annual average income of 650 poor households to P10,000.00 through hog-raising and cassava flour processing. Piloted in 3 barangays, the program now covers the 20 barangays in the municipality. Out of 1,400 targeted beneficiaries composed of housewives, marginal fisherfolk and farmers, laborers and out-of-school youths, around 650 have been reached by the program.
The initial 650 beneficiaries, identified through a raffle, are members of the barangay-based multi-purpose cooperatives in the municipality earning less than P1,500 per month. Once identified, these beneficiaries were oriented on the program and trained on basic skills and technology in swine and goat- raising, Funds were released after the signing of the contract with the participating agencies and the beneficiaries.
Since the program started in 1992, it has reached the fourth-generation recipients where average rate of turn-over is from 2-5 beneficiaries per week, The beneficiaries own the hogs after 8-10 months of caretaking. The other component of the program is cassava processing where the beneficiaries produce 10 bags of refined cassava flour everyday and 1 ton of cassava flakes every week. To supply the raw material for the processing activity, the upland areas of Hindang have been planted with cassava intercropped with other plants. The program actively involves the people in all aspects of the program.
This program is recognized as a Trailblazing Program, a finalist for the 1994 Galing Pook Awards.