In a random visit to the agencies supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Undersecretary for Research and Development Amelia P. Guevara briefly cruised at the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) National Headquarters and Gene Pool last February 5.
USec. Guevara was toured by PCC top personnel at the Milka Krem where carabao’s milk products such as mozzarella, bocconcini, kesong puti, pastillas, yoghurt and fresh milk were served in the delight of the visiting party. She was ushered thereafter to the Livestock Innovations Biotechnology Center where she was briefed about the PCC program in a video presentation and the completed and ongoing researches at PCC being funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of DOST (DOST-PCAARRD).
Through the years, PCC has been a good recipient of DOST-PCAARD’s generosity by way of research and development funded projects along genetic improvement and carabao-based enterprise development programs.
Currently, there are five ongoing projects in feeding management, breeding and genomics, and interdisciplinary (bundled) research program and one completed study in animal health and biosafety.
In her grateful appreciation to PCC’s warm hosting, USec. Guevara left a message to the young researchers of PCC: “I can see myself in you when I was just a fledgling researcher doing the same thing as you do now in your respective laboratories. As you hone your skills as researchers, do not forget about how you can contribute best to your country. You may gain experience from abroad but always make sure to come home and serve your motherland.”