Toward improving services Staff, BOD members of NEFEDCCO-member coops undergo “Pioneering Spirit Training” in Pampanga

A total of 43 directors and staff of cooperatives belonging to the Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperatives (NEFEDCCO) have completed the Pioneering Spirit Training designed for “values-orientation in instilling discipline, individual reformation and teamwork to achieve sustainable dairy cooperatives.”


The participants were divided into two batches for the training conducted by the Canaan Farmer’s Training Foundation Center, Inc. (CFTFC) in its training center in Barangay Gutad, Floridablanca, Pampanga on Nov.25-26 and Dec.12-13.


The activity was organized by the Philippine Carabao Center’s Dairy Herd Improvement and Enterprise Development (DHI-ED) unit thru agriculturist II Wilma del Rosario.


Elder Kwan Soo Lee and Neribeth Ignacio, CFTFC president and assistant director, respectively, served as resource persons.


“If there is no transformation of mind-set, then there will be no transformation of the behavior. That’s why the important thing is to put transformation first as the starting point on the road to progress,“ Lee said, in emphasizing the essence of the training.


“We start with the pioneering spirit to practice work, service and sacrifice in our lives,” he added.


Ignacio, on the other hand, explained that “unang-una nating dapat na maintindihan na ang pagbabago ay hindi agad sa malakihang bahagdan kundi sisimulan natin sa maliliit na bagay, sa simpleng bagay na araw-araw na ginagawa sa pansariling buhay (We must first of all realize that development is not a one-time, big-time event but rather a process that starts from small, simple things that we do in our personal lives).”


The topics covered in the training course were pioneering history, Canaan strategies, pioneering spirit, living constitution, basic economy, community development, small- scale entrepreneurship and life toward Canaan. The Canaan ideology on work, service and sacrifice was also given emphasis.


Aside from the lectures and group discussions, the participants underwent field work in which they cultivated the land to “go back to the basic ways of living to cultivate the body, mind and spirit and rekindle everyone’s sensibility for cooperation.”


At the culmination of the training, the participants voiced their appreciation for the two-day live-in activity.


“Ang mahalaga, kahit parang sinasabing simple lang, malaking bagay na ito. Sa trabaho kapag nagkaisa kami o nagtulong-tulong ay malaking bagay ito para iyong  susunod ay matatapos ng madali (Even the so-called small things are important. In work, when we join forces, it is already a big thing so that the next task can be done at once and easily),” Juanito Dumali, director of a dairy cooperative in Licaong, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, said.


For Heraldo delo Santos, a BOD member of Casile Cooperative, the lessons he learned were “to appreciate and respect each other and to be thrifty.”


On the the other hand, Myra Bennales, NEFEDCCO treasurer, said that she realized the value of “time management and discipline in working for one’s self and more so for others to do a job well.”





PCC head keynotes CLARRDEC symposium; stresses research role in “inclusive growth”

How can we include the agricultural sector in the country’s fast-growing economy?


This was the challenge posed by Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, executive director of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), in his keynote speech before scientists and researchers who participated in the 24th Regional Symposium on R&D Highlights of the Central Luzon Agricultural Resources Research and Development Consortium (CLARRDEC) held December 5 at the PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool.


Drawing from the event’s theme, “Facing the Challenges of Inclusive Growth through Research for Development,” the PCC head underscored the importance of cascading the benefits of the positive growth in the economy to as many people as possible, particularly to the rural poor. 


To do this, he said, it is important to increase the income of the rural poor and this is where the role of research lies.


He said scientists have been devoting researches on how to improve productivity at the production level. 


However, most of the benefits from this exercise are derived at the post-production level when goods are given additional value after processing. It is therefore time to focus studies on how to add more value to products while trying to produce more, Cruz pointed out.


He also emphasized on research for development as opposed to research and development. The former, he said, places research, in essence, as a tool for achieving the desired development, hence giving more prominence to development. The latter places the two as separate entities on equal ground. 


Cruz challenged the scientists and researchers to understand the science of small-hold people as they are the beneficiaries of development and the subject of inclusive growth.


“As scientists, we have an obligation to spend our meaningful life on earth to contribute to science not only for ourselves but also to society,” he stated.


The symposium brought together a big number of representatives from 29 member-agencies and other government institutions that conduct and promote research and development in agriculture, forestry and natural resources in Central Luzon. 


A total of 19 papers under various research and development categories were presented.

Buffalo-producing countries mull international dairy buffalo semen exchange

Scientists, breeders and geneticists have initiated a move to organize a technical working group as a major step in accelerating efforts aimed at facilitating the exchange of best buffalo genetics worldwide.


This development is an offshoot of an international genetic improvement conference and workshop focusing on dairy buffaloes held November 28-29 at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City, Metro Manila.


The two-day gathering was hosted by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture that is mandated to improve the genetic potentials of the native buffalo as source of milk and meat.


The group envisions the establishment of an international semen exchange program that will facilitate easier identification and exchange of the best buffalo genetics among cooperating countries.


According to PCC executive director Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, the program will be patterned with that of Interbull, a worldwide committee which makes accurate genetic evaluations among cattle, both within and across countries.


“There are two mechanisms used in [the evaluation of] dairy cattle. The first is the system of gathering accurate information on the animal and establishing a neutral body that will capture all the data from different countries and analyze the genetic potential of each of the animal under each given environment and [the second is] an opportunity of germplasm exchange,” he explained.


He stressed that in order to establish the semen exchange program, participating countries need to agree to be a part of the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), a “worldwide organization for the standardization of animal recording and productivity evaluation” under which the Interbull is a sub-committee.


From this, the group will be able to collect accurate data to be sent to ICAR for evaluation,  he added.


The collaboration is part of PCC’s genetic improvement efforts among dairy buffaloes. Through the program, it will be easier to identify the animals with best genetic characteristics among millions of buffaloes which will be used to breed more best-performing buffaloes.

The program will ultimately benefit the rural farmers in terms of improved livelihood and income.


Aside from the Philippines, the other countries represented in the conference were India, Pakistan, Brazil, Italy, China and Australia. An ICAR representative, who served as a consultant, also attended the gathering.


PCC at CSU, USM now ISO certified

Two more regional centers of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) have successfully passed the certification audit conducted under the International Standard on Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008).

“PCC at Cagayan State University (PCC at CSU) in Piat, Cagayan and PCC at University of Southern Mindanao (PCC at USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato are now ISO 9001:2008-certified,” Minda Diloy, head of PCC’s Integrated Management Audit Section, said.

This brings to five the total number of ISO 9001-certified PCC regional centers. The other regional centers are PCC at Mariano Marcos State University (PCC at MMSU), PCC at University of the Philippines at Los Baños (PCC at UPLB), and PCC at Ubay Stock Farm (PCC at USF). 

The auditing and certification were done by TÜV SÜD PSB Philippines, the first certification body in Asia to introduce ISO 9000 as a basis for quality system certification. Its renown as a leading global provider of technical services has spread worldwide as it continues to assist clients improve quality, safety and reliability while ensuring environmental protection and cost effectiveness.

The certification audits for PCC at CSU and PCC at USM were undertaken on August 5-6 and October 10-11, respectively.

Diloy revealed that the preparation for certification varies, depending on the pace of the organization. PCC at CSU made it in 28 months. Activities started with the QMS documentation training and workshop with all the center staff in April 2011. Its succeeding activities involved establishment of necessary documents (procedures for all divisions/ sections/units); testing of the written documents; conducting internal audit and inviting the certifying body to conduct an initial evaluation of its system through the stage 1 audit.

PCC at USM’s preparation, on the other hand, was relatively shorter. The QMS documentation training and workshop were done in August 2012. The same activities conducted at PCC at CSU were employed and the certification audit was done 14 months after the first activity.

According to Diloy, the certification audit was conducted by a certifying body by thoroughly checking or evaluating the presence of documented mandatory requirements of Quality Management System such as control of documents, records, non-conforming products/services, internal quality audit, and corrective and preventive actions. 

She said that the availability of these documents subjected for initial auditing indicated the readiness of the two regional centers audited for the processes necessary in the development of its products and delivery of service. 

The implementation of the written procedures in the audit process, she pointed out, was evidenced by consistently keeping records and making use of these records to design corrective actions whenever found necessary.  Preventive actions come after an organization has determined potential problems that may hamper its smooth operations, she added.

Diloy said the duration of the certification cycle lasts for three years. She added that the organization will have to undergo the first surveillance audit a year after the certification to check on the sustained implementation of the established system.

It was learned that the certification may be suspended or withdrawn when major non-conformities are found and the implementation of corrective action is not done within the prescribed period. 

The second surveillance audit is done after another year, which means completing one certification cycle.

According to the procedures, an organization applies for the renewal of its certificate after the third year in which the re-certification audit is conducted by a certifying body.

(With reports from Minda Diloy)