Another milestone was set as PCC at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) launched its new administration office at CLSU compound, Science City of Muñoz (SCM), Nueva Ecija last November 8.
“We hope to utilize the building to further mobilize initiatives on the PCC Carabao Development Program,” said Dr. Daniel Aquino, PCC at CLSU center director, in his message during the Inauguration Ceremony.
The Php4.8 million, single-storey building had its groundbreaking last year and its construction was finished last July. Since then, furniture and other necessities were gradually acquired.
Meanwhile, Dr. Arnel del Barrio, PCC executive director, noted in his message the unrivaled partnership between PCC and CLSU in pursuing the carabao dairy industry. He urged the harmonization of the Carabao-Based Enterprise Development efforts and underscored the significance of the building in ushering more production of milk that he deemed needed in relation to the passing of RA 11037 or Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act, where it was stipulated that milk is to be included in fortified meals.
PCC at CLSU is in-charge of Region 3 where Nueva Ecija, deemed as the National Impact Zone (NIZ) for Dairy Buffalo Enterprises, is situated. Of the PCC’s 12 regional centers, the PCC at CLSU contributes more than 30% of the National PCC output.
“We will use this building as an instrument for us to produce more output and to achieve our goal, targets, and commitment,” Dr. Aquino added.
“We are happy that this building was erected for the benefit of the staff and clients of PCC at CLSU. At the same time, I hope to restore the defunct old fountain pool in the vicinity to bring back old memories of CLSU alumni,” said Dr. Tereso Abella, CLSU president, who graced the event and had committed to accord help to the center in improving the other structures beside the new building.
On the side, Dr. Jerry Rigos, SCM’s city veterinarian and agriculturist, who attended on behalf of Mayor Nestor Alvarez, expressed appreciation towards PCC and other research agencies which made Muñoz, a science city. He further added that Mayor Alvarez supports PCC’s initiatives in dairy development and will support all other efforts that can benefit the city’s populace.
Also, in attendance to the event were officials and employees of PCC at CLSU and PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool.
The Carabao Development Program being stewarded by PCC, is comprised of Genetic Improvement, Enterprise Development and Research for Development components.