Expanded Collaboration with KOICA for Enterprise Development
As a gesture for continuing partnership, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) sponsored the participation of 12 PCC key officials to a 24-day international course in dairy development and animal husbandry technology in South Korea.
Relative to KOICA collaborative agreement, the 36th batch of the KOICA-KOV program was turned over in September 8, 2009. This batch comprised 14 Korean Oversees Volunteers (KOVs) deployed in four PCC regional centers (PCC at UPLB, PCC at CSU, PCC at DMMMSU, and PCC at CLSU). Some were deployed in the National Impact Zone (NIZ) and in PCC’s Planning and Special Projects Division (PSPD).
In December, KOICA extended financial assistance through the KOV Batch 36 project at the NIZ and PCC at UPLB. Specifically, the fund provided for two homogenizers for the Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperatives (NEFEDCCO) and General Trias Dairy Raisers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GTDRMPC) in Cavite.
Infusion of Genetic Materials for Dairy Buffaloes
A total of 2,000 riverine-type Murrah buffaloes from Brazil were selected by the GIP team during the fourth quarter of 2009. The animals were successfully delivered to PCC on the second week of January of the following year.
Launching of the International Buffalo Knowledge Resource Service (IBKRS)
The IBKRS is a web-based electronic source of information on selected quality researches on water buffalo. This facility consolidates, organizes and disseminates all available international refereed, peer-reviewed and published journal articles on buffalo, as selected from the best publishers’ websites. Launched during the PCC’s 18th anniversary in March, IBKRS provides extensive information related to breeding and genomics, reproduction, health and nutrition, dairy technologies, and socio-economics.
PCC-KOICA Collaboration for Genetic Improvement
The records of discussion (ROD) regarding the formal initiation of a US$3 million grant-in-aid project on “Enhancing Livestock Sector Performance in the Philippines” by the Korean Government were signed by representatives of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) on November 5.
The project features include establishment of a web-based genetic information system, enhanced propagation of superior animals through reproductive biotechniques, improvement of the PCC National Bull Farm and Semen Laboratory, and cryobanking.
Competency enhancement for PCC scientists on breeding, genomics, bioinformatics, DNA-based techniques and related fields were also provided.
Expansion of Incubator Modules for the NIZ
Incubator modules for dairy buffalo-based enterprises were expanded through funding from the Japanese government’s KR2 program.
PCC joins the International Buffalo Genome Consortium
The consortium is a collaborative project of the buffalo-related international entities aimed at completing the entire water buffalo genome.
PCC also became a member of the Asian Reproductive Biotechnology Society (ARBS), an independent and non-profit organization that promotes the educational and scientific interests of the reproductive biotechnology research community throughout Asia.
PCC provides international study program on livestock under JICA-TCTP
PCC was tapped by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to train officials of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVO) of the government of Myanmar. The project was implemented under JICA’s Third Country Training Program (JICA-TCTP) to capacitate LBVO on propagation and production of water buffaloes.
Inauguration of the Central Milk Collecting and Processing Facility
A centralized collection and processing facwas inaugurated during PCC’s 18th anniversary celebration. Built in a 2,363 sq m area adjacent to the PCC headquarters, this facility serves as a venue to assist in post-production concerns of the many dairy producers’ cooperatives north of Manila. The facility features the processing and packaging equipment, micro-laboratories, cold storage, ripening room, equipment areas and some offices.