Padre Garcia Todo Unlad Project
Padre Garcia, Batangas
Since the late 1950’s. This fifth class municipality engaged in livestock trading, though on a minor scale, with a municipal income ranging from P400.00 to P600.00 per market day. Its program called Todo Unlad pushed Padre Garcia to become a major centralized marketing center for large animals. Todo Unlad consists of three major components: livestock auction market, public market and heavy equipment. The livestock auction market served the local livestock raisers and traders, the big traders from other provinces and the middlemen between sellers and buyers. The municipal government improved the facilities like the abattoir complex, the rural bank and management training. Several measures were adopted by the municipal government during trading days such as banning the selling of liquors, gambling, and unnecessary travel of large trucks to protect local and outside livestock raisers and traders from any untoward incidents like robbery and hold-up.
As a result, the number of livestock traded in the auction market increased from a weekly average of 1,200 to 1,500 heads, making it one of the biggest nationwide. The program has become a major revenue source for the municipality with a significant increase of weekly income of P25,000 to P35,000. The auction market also encouraged the cooperatives in Padre Garcia to engage in feed production, poultry and livestock dispersal which had relatively improved due to the construction of drainage systems and disposal facilities.
This program is recognized as a Trailblazing Program, a finalist for the 1997 Galing Pook Awards.