PCC celebrates 19th anniversary, pays tribute to farmer-partners

As a tribute to the carabao, the farmers’ indispensable ally in the farm and other worthwhile services to the people, the Philippine Carabao Center will hold “Pistang Kalabaw” during the agency’s celebration of its 19th founding anniversary on March 30.

The celebration will revolve around the “Pagpupugay sa Dakilang Kaapagay ng Magsasaka’t Bayan” (A salute to the carabao as the great ally of the farmers and the community).

The agency’s theme, according to the organizing committee, also aims to give honor to the PCC’s farmer-partners who are continuously bringing milestones for this Department of Agriculture (DA)-attached agency with national headquarters in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.

Some 500 dairy farmers will join PCC’s officers and employees at the PCC national headquarters in the Science headquarters in various activities to aptly commemorate the day.

Officials from its neighboring R&D agencies and local government units are also expected to attend the ceremonies and program.

Rep. Josefina Joson of the first district of Nueva Ecija will be the guest of honor and speaker.
Awards will be given to outstanding farmer-partners, dairy buffalo cooperative, dairy buffalo farmers, and dairy buffalos. An outstanding village-based artificial insemination technician (VBAIT) and PCC outstanding employees will also be honored.

Other activities lined-up are carabao rodeo exhibition, carabao body painting, parade of carabao-pulled carts, and carabeef cookfest.

A technology and products exhibit will also be put up by different local and national dairy entrepreneurs. Suppliers of carabao hide and meat products will also be joining the event.

The celebration is complemented with regional seminars on the Carabao Development program (CDP), awareness campaign on carabao’s milk, milk feeding for school children, technology demonstration on carabao’s milk processing, and farmers’ forum.

PCC takes part in Kabisig Gov’t Expo

With its banner programs, services, and accomplishments, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) joined in the drive to show the ‘good news’ from the government.

Along with other government agencies, PCC showcased its contributions in helping Filipino farmers through its programs and notable accomplishments in the area of, for example, carabao-based enterprise development. Said event was held during the Kabisig Government Expo &Trade Fair 2012 held at SM Megamall last February 22-26.

Kabisig People Movement is a non-partisan, multi-sectoral voluntary movement of concerned citizens who advocate for the best interest of the country and the Filipino people.
The four-day exposition showed innovations and progress related to the programs of more than 20 agencies that profess benefits for the Filipino people.

In the opening ceremonies, Kabisig chairman Daniel Guillen said the event is meant to prove that there are more of ‘good news’ from the government than negativity as what people often see and hear from the media

“Ito ay para sa taong bayan para iparating sa inyo ang tama at magandang balita mula sa pamahalaan (This [expo] is for the people to be aware of good stories in government),”said Guillen. “Magtulungan tayo, magkapit-bisig tayo. Purihin ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na gumagawa ng mabuti (Let’s help each other, link arms. Commend the government agencies that do good),” he added.

Bearing the theme: “Kapit-bisig sa Matuwid na Daan Gabay sa Kaunlaran”, the exhibit was supported by the Office of the President, which issued a memorandum calling for active participation in the expo and trade fair.

In his message to Kabisig organizers, President Aquino recognized the group’s efforts to inform and update the public of the programs and accomplishments of government agencies.

Shoppers and viewers that included foreigners, who visited the PCC booth availed of free copies of its publications and showed keen interest by fielding several questions related to the programs of the agency.

Among those that captured their attention were the bull loan program and the carabao upgrading program through the artificial insemination technology of PCC. Others requested information on how to establish livelihood projects particularly on raising buffalos for milk production.

One of the exhibitors expressed deep appreciation for the activity saying that the government has many good programs and many dedicated employees who truly contribute to the country’s development efforts contrary to many negative news reports against it