The Philippine Society of Animal Science (PSAS)-Cagayan Valley Chapter recently catalyzed stronger ties not only among its members in Region II but in the whole North and Central Luzon clusters in the PSAS Regional Livestock Convention and Outreach Program themed “Social Entrepreneurship Amidst Climate Change” last September 27-28 at the University of La Salette, Santiago City, Isabela.
To carry out the aim of PSAS to promote and enhance the animal industry in the country, it conducts lecture series and outreach programs in different parts of the country in preparation for its annual national convention.
“Climate change is undoubtedly the most devastating environmental problem of our time. Our country now belongs to the top 10 of the most vulnerable countries in climate change. Hence, PSAS members choose one clear pathway to reduce poverty alleviation and food security without compromising the environment and that is social entrepreneurship. We can build social entrepreneurship by developing animal enterprise with real social and environment consciousness and impact,” William C. Medrano, PSAS President and CHED Commissioner said.
The upcoming 49th PSAS national annual convention will be held jointly with the Asian Reproductive Biotechnology Society (ARBS) Conference through the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) as the host agency on October 23-28, 2012 at the Edsa Shangri-la, Mandaluyong City.
All these regular activities serve as the venue for the members to meet and exchange information, experiences and recognize those who have exemplary contributions to veterinary science.
This year’s lecture series honoree is Dr. Arturo Calud who also gave a talk on the Philippine swine and poultry industry entitled: “The Philippine Swine and Poultry Industry…the Challenges We Face Today.”
Dr. Eric P. Palacpac, PCC National R&D coordinator, represented PCC executive director Dr. Libertado C. Cruz during the convention.
Dr. Palacpac emphasized the efforts of PCC at Cagayan State University (CSU) Dir. Franklin T. Rellin with the support of Isabela governor Faustino “Bogie” Dy, III in hailing San Agustin as the potential “Dairy Capital of Cagayan Valley.”
“The Philippine Carabao Center is modeling community development efforts with emphasis on enterprise development which is very much consistent with the convention’s theme and outreach program. In San Agustin, Isabela, “Home of the Nuang Festival”, we are endeavoring to develop a village-based dairy enterprise anchored on the crossbred buffaloes which is a latent resource in the hands of our farmers,” said Dr. Palacpac.
The participants devoted their last day of the convention by witnessing the 8th Nuang Festival in San Agustin.