The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) is embarking on a new paradigm as it marks its 21st founding anniversary with a week-long celebration that will run on March 24-28, 2014.
With the theme, “Leading a noble paradigm: Research for Development”, the celebration will highlight the shift of PCC’s “research and development” paradigm into “research for development,” putting more emphasis on development as the end-result of its research efforts.
According to Dr. Eric Palacpac, PCC’s R&D national coordinator, in the new paradigm, the agency encourages its researchers to undertake research activities deliberately for development, such as those that will have “practical applications and direct benefits to the water buffalo sub-sector, the livestock industry and smallholder buffalo farmers,” among others.
Another highpoint of the celebration will be the blessing of a new milking parlor for the agency’s institutional herd at the PCC Gene Pool.
The PCC’s partner-farmers will be joining the celebration through participation in a farmers’ field day where PCC-developed technologies will be showcased and demonstrated to them.
The PCC will also honor its outstanding employees who have excelled in the performance of their duties. Awards will also be given in various categories to top-performing farmers, cooperatives and dairy animals.
The PCC was established on March 27, 1992 when then Pres. Corazon Aquino signed into law RA 7307 or the Carabao Development Act of 1992. It became operational in 1993 when former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos launched the National Carabao Development Program.
More than two decades later, PCC is now recognized as a reputable R&D institution here and abroad, and a leading figure in livestock biotechnology research and development in the country.