PCC’s CDP ComDev Communication Campaign Intervention starts July

Subsequent to the initial Participatory Communication Appraisal and Strategic Planning,  the PCC’s research initiative through its Knowledge Management Division (KMD) titled “Strengthening Carabao Development Program (CDP) Communication for Development (ComDev)  Campaign in Visayas and Mindanao” commences implementation of a series of communication interventions for selected areas in the said islands.

According to Chrissalyn Marcelo, part of the KMD’s research team, “The intervention runs from July to  August and will be piloted in Panay Island.

The KMD headed by Dr. Eric Palacpac leads the campaign with collaborators from PCC regional centers hosted by  West Visayas State University, University of Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao University, and Mindanao Livestock Production Center.

Launched in 2017, the campaign adopted the ComDev approach, which comprises four stages such as Participatory Communication Appraisal, Design of Strategy and Plan of Action,  Implementation, and Result Assessment and Sustainability. The key objectives of the campaign are to 1) determine key priority issues and available communication channels in the target sites; 2) develop and implement communication strategies to address identified issues and; 3) monitor and evaluate the results of the communication campaign strategies.

Participatory communication appraisals were held previously in the target expansion areas of PCC, namely, Sapian, Capiz; Leon, Iloilo; and Aklan (all in Panay Island); Sto. Niño, South Cotabato; Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay;  Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; and Pangantucan and Don Carlos, Bukidnon. Derived key concerns include improving stakeholders’ awareness, knowledge, and practices on dairy buffalo production and management particularly on animal health and nutrition.

Appropriate communication strategies were developed as per the objectives rooted in the said appraisal.  Key communication interventions of the campaign will include radio plug and press release, school-on-the-air, farmer livestock school on dairy buffalo production, manual on proper management of dairy buffaloes, testimonial videos, jingle, advocacy kit, pastillas diplomacy, comics, billboard, and engagement flip chart.

The CDP is the overarching program being stewarded by PCC since 1993 that primarily aims to promote, propagate, and conserve carabao or water buffalo as a multipurpose animal that aids in providing livelihood and enterprises  for the rural farming communities.

RiceStrawPH pushes toward development of rice straw management practices, technologies

The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) participated in the Inception Planning and Meeting Workshop held last June 26-27 at the IRRI headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna to optimize implementation of RiceStrawPH.

RiceStrawPH or the “Sustainable Rice Straw Management for Food, Bioenergy, and Feed in the Philippines” have three components aimed at the “development of sustainable rice straw technologies and practices on the productions of animal feed, mushroom and bioenergy.” Apart from rendering benefit to rice farmers, the use of rice straw will lessen pollution and production of greenhouse gas as it was deemed that about 60-80% of rice straw are burned in open field.

Under RiceStrawPH, the PCC component project is the “Development of Sustainable Rice Straw Management Practices and Technologies for Ruminant Fodder in the Philippines”While the Philippines produces millions of tons of rice that render large volumes of straws every year, there have been limited rice straw-based technologies. Also, the adoption of rice straw as animal feed is still low in many parts of the country and rice straw is not pervasively available in the market.

Spearheaded by PCC Executive Director Dr. Arnel N. Del Barrio and PCC at Central Luzon State University Center Director Dr. Daniel L. Aquino, the project primarily focuses on “developing and improving technologies for rice straw-based ruminant production through improved quality, value and markets of rice straw.“ The collaborating agencies include the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), IRRI and PhilRice.

According to Dr. del Barrio, the project will make use of Urea-Molasses treated Rice Straw (UMTRS) to improve rice straw quality for animal feed specifically for carabao, cattle, and goat. Rice straw will be included in the everyday menu of the said animals alongside other feed ingredients in order to determine effect on growth and milk production.  Moreover, prospective supply, demand and market of rice straw will be determined.  The six project sites include the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Iloilo, Bukidnon and North Cotabato.

Representatives from BAI, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development,  Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Bureau of Plant Industry and other collaborators were also present in the Inception Planning and Meeting Workshop. In relation to the workshop, a training on handling rice straw baler machine was held on June 28-29.

The implementation of RiceStrawPH started in April 2018 and will end in 2020. The funding agency is the Bureau of Agricultural Research.

FLS-DBP commences in Lal-lo, Cagayan

The fifth batch of Farmer Livestock School on Dairy Buffalo Production (FLS-DBP) was successfully launched at the municipal agricultural office of Lal-lo, Cagayan last May 25.

The FLS-DBP is a 34-week (once-a-week) learning modality that uses participatory tools and adult learning principles all aimed at facilitating meaningful learning on the various aspects of dairy buffalo production. The modality, consisting of interactive technical and practical sessions, was developed by a team of experts from the PCC in cooperation with the Livestock Research Division of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). A team of facilitators (farmers, LGU personnel, and staff of PCC@Cagayan State University) from Cagayan recently underwent an intensive workshop at the PCC national headquarters in Nueva Ecia prior to engaging the farmer-enrollees.

In attendance during the launch were 26 farmer-enrollees, Lal-lo municipal agricultural officer Jimmy Bacuyag and his staff, Center Director Franklin Rellin and key staff of PCC@Cagayan State University, and Division Chief Eric Palacpac of the PCC’s Knowledge Management Division (KMD), who is the lead proponent of FLS-DBP.

Lal-lo Municipal Administrator Federico Artieta represented Mayor Florante Pascual in delivering an inspirational message during the opening program, which assured full support of the local government to the FLS-DBP. The LGU of Lal-lo has actually provided counterpart funding and other assistance for the learning event. No less than Vice Mayor Florence Oliver Pascual, who loves livestock, reassured the PCC of the LGU’s full commitment to extend assistance to the FLS-DBP during a courtesy call in his office later that day.

The FLS-DBP in Lal-lo is expected to be completed in late December 2018 or early January 2019.

Veggie ice cream, anyone?

SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ— To beat the heat, customers here splurge on a refreshing frozen dessert laden with nutritious ingredients – carabao’s milk and a choice of malunggay, kalabasa, ampalaya, and carrot flavors. It is handy, too, as it is solidified in a stick.It’s called “Veggie Ice Cream Bar”.

(Malunggay is moringa known for various nutritional and medicinal properties, kalabasa is squash while ampalaya is bitter gourd. The squash, and bitter gourd, and carrots pack nutritional properties, too.)

It is similar, but not the same, as that of a popsicle which is also popularly called “ice drop” that doesn’t contain an ice cream.

Historical notes say the ice cream bar on a stick was first developed in the United States in 1920 bearing the name “I-Scream Bar”. It used to be confused with popsicle then.

Several brands of this product have been the favorite of people looking for frozen dessert. But the newly introduced “Veggie Ice cream Bar” here capitalized on fresh carabao’s milk and vegetables as main ingredients of this product.

“It is designed for those who want to be refreshed and at the same time get a nutritious treat,” said Margerie Villoso, plant manager of the Catalanacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CAMPC), that produces this “ice cream with a twist”.

It was developed in 2016 and was submitted for sensory evaluation of PCC. Its mass production was last year when the coop acquired a machine through a soft loan.

The coop is one of the 53 dairy cooperatives in the province assisted by the PCC through the entrustment of purebred dairy carabaos and in providing technical know-how on carabao-based enterprises, one of them milkbased entrepreneurship. Based in Barangay Catalanacan here, the members directly sell their raw milk to the cooperative which then uses it for various milk-based products.

The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) which is also based in this city, also provided assistance in the development of this novel ice cream product, said CAMPC chairman Arturo de Gracia. The staff of the agency’s food chemistry division helped in determining the right mix and make for the product, he added. It sells at P20 per stick at the “Dairy Box,” the coop’s products’ outlet near the “Milka Krem Processing Plant and Outlet of the PCC along the Maharlika Highway here (KM 151).

The concept of producing ice cream bar laden with different choices of vegetables was started during the time of the coop’s former chair Leoncio Callo. It is an addition to the array of other milk-based products of the coop like sweet macapuno, macaroons, leche flan, bibingkang kanin, bibingkang gatas, pandan-flavoured bibingkang kanin, and its best-selling espasol de leche.

In making the Veggie Ice Cream Bar, about 2.25 liters of milk is used per batch of 300. The vegetables are cooked then blended and mixed with the milk and other minor ingredients. Then the machine finishes the job which comes out with a stick similar to that being used by doctors as tongue depressor.

The coop employs three workers specifically to produce this product.

Among the four variants, the malunggay-flavored ice cream bar is the best seller, Villoso said.

“It is the milk ingredient that crosses the taste of the vegetable. The excellent taste of the carabao’s milk makes the product very delicious,” she said. “Young and old alike are coming to our outlet looking for this product especially now that the heat factor here is almost intolerable,” she added.

Last March, the outlet’s sale of Veggie Ice Cream Bar grossed P14,835 because of only limited production.

PCC BizTalk enables CBED frontliners toward managing sustainable dairy enterprises

Twenty-nine PCC frontline officers on Carabao-Based Enterprise Development (CBED) have gained additional knowledge on business concepts in a recently conducted business talk or BizTalk last June 13 and 14 at Mila’s Hill Inland Resort in New Lucena, Iloilo.

The two-day BizTalk that carried the theme “FIT (Future in IT) for business” is part of an advocacy program initiated by the PCC Business Development and Commercialization Unit (BDCU). BDCU pushes for a broadened literacy among PCC’s business units in ably handling their business functions.   The program started in 2015 with an initial three-year plan and is expected to be reaping positive results by 2018.

The program was intended for PCC directors, CBED coordinators, bookkeepers,  personnel of institutional gene pools and Processing and Marketing Outlets (PMO) within the PCC network, and other staff of business units.

The BizTalk also highlighted Practices, Information and Novelty for Sharing (PINS) and Intensified Research-Based Enterprise Build-Up (iREB) Client Dashboard.   PINS are observations made in monitoring the business such as causes of problems encountered. The iREB Client Dashboard, on the other hand, provide an overview of the progress of the business. This ushers the focus of PCC to “organized and wide-scale genetic improvement program, systematic extension and technology delivery, and the creation of favorable environment for enterprise development.” Both PINS and iREB help in the creation and execution of business plans that prosper sustainable enterprises.

The iREB Client Dashboard was launched in 2017 as a tool that shows the performance of dairy farming business. The Dashboard provides the overall business status and contains data such as ROI that is vital in the creation of business plans and entice future investors.

Zadieshar G. Sanchez, Administrative Officer V and one of the organizers, said the BizTalk is one of the strategies planned out by the BDCU for business units to meet “the requirement to at least break even or to hit a specific Return on Investment (ROI).”

Meanwhile, Joshua Villanueva, BizTalk lecturer and BDCU financial analyst, enumerated a learning continuum that served as the basis of lectures at BizTalk sessions such as the following: knowing the basic business concepts, increasing ROI, creating and application of PINS, using the iREB Client Dashboard, and increasing farmers’ income.

In attendance to the BizTalk in Iloilo we’re CBED coordinators, officers and staff of PCC regional centers at University of the Philippines-Los Baños, Visayas State University, Mariano Marcos State University, West Visayas State University, and University of Southern Mindanao.

Another BizTalk is set to be held in either July or August this year.

Carabao dairying: Now a booming industry in PH landscape

Current developments in livestock concerns, particularly about an animal which in recent years was called the symbol of backwardness, all but point to a very exhilarating scenario. Among others, carabao (or water buffalo) dairying shines brightly today as a booming industry in the country’s landscape.

Appreciate what took place recently at the Third National Carabao Conference at the Philippine Carabao Center headquarters in the Science City of Muñoz. The winners of the search for the outstanding dairy carabaos and the farmer-raisers were honored.

One buffalo of the Brazilian breed was declared winner of the “Gintong Kalabaw Cup”. Her milk yield was up to 18 liters a day or a total of 3,364.5 liters in a ten-month lactation period. She provided an income of Php149,670 to her owner, Rogelio Marquez, of Quezon, Nueva Ecija.

The other awardees were Henry Orbito of Calinog, Iloilo as “Outstanding Dairy Buffalo Farmer” (smallhold category), Victoriano Dumale of Licaong, Science City of Muñoz, “Outstanding Buffalo Farmer” (family module), Samuel Mercader of San Jose City in the semi-commercial category, and Emily Velasco of Villa Joson, San Jose City as “Modelong Juana sa Kalabawan” (model woman in carabao dairying).  Patrick Pascual of Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija was awarded the “Modelong Kabataan sa Kalabawan” honors while the Eastern Multi-purpose Cooperative of San Jose City was bestowed the “best dairy cooperative” title.

The Eastern Multi-Purpose Cooperative has 432 dairy carabaos in the hands of 60 members and had combined milk harvest of 145,099.65 liters in 91 lactating carabaos in one year (Php7,254,982.50 at Php50 per liter). It also runs its own milk processing plant and marketing outlet.

Dumale and his family earned Php70,000 a month from their five dairy carabaos while Orbino grossed Php354,314.80 from the milk yield of his two carabaos.

Mercader, who started raising a dairy carabao in 2000, has 32 carabaos of which 14 are mature females, one a senior bull, four are heifer, and nine are calves, earned more than enough to finance the education of four daughters, two of whom had graduated from their respective collegiate courses, acquired agricultural lands, house and lot, vehicles, farm equipment, and appliances.

They became the cream of the crop, so to speak. Elsewhere in the country, several thousand more, speaks highly about their achievements in dairy carabao -raising and engaging in carabao-based industries.

Re-engineering the carabao

History says that among the fauna brought by the migrants to the country was the “swamp-type water buffalo” which was excellent for its draft power usability. Its cousin, the riverine-type, like those in the Indian continent, is excellent for meat and milk.

In the Philippines, this animal was called “carabao”, probably from the Visayan or Cebuano word karabaw, the Malay word kerbau, and the Indonesian-Dutch word karbouw.

In a study in 2002, the carabao’s contribution for draft, meat, hide, and milk, was valued at almost Php5 billion.

But the carabao suffered misfortunes. More than a century ago, it was almost wiped out due to diseases, particularly rinderpest, and poor dietary supply.

In World War II, about two million of its population was massacred as Japanese officials suspected it as being used by the Filipino guerrillas for transporting weapons and goods in aiding American soldiers.

Their breed suffered, too.

Indeed, the carabao population in the country dwindled due to natural and man-made causes.   In terms of its breed and nutritional needs, the carabao generally declined in size and weight. From an average weight of 500 kilograms, it went down to 400 kilograms.

But the due concern for the welfare of the carabao and for the benefits it can provide particularly to the farmers, became a major undertaking. Research and development efforts were mounted in 1973 then in 1981 when the “Strengthening of the Philippine Carabao Research and Development Center” project was implemented and above all, in 1992 when the “Philippine Carabao Act” (RA 7307) was enacted to “conserve, propagate, and promote the carabao as source of draft power, meat, and hide for the benefit of smallhold farmers.”

Among others, that law provided for the establishment of PCC which has since undertaken myriads of ground-breaking programs, projects, and activities that catapulted the carabao to new heights resulting in the now new-found industry booming in the country – the carabao-based enterprises.

Beast of fortune

   From its erstwhile moniker as “beast of burden”, the carabao has been labelled as the “beast of fortune”.

“Over the years, we did not see the contribution of the carabao to local dairy production. Today, its contribution is more than 34 percent and is increasing,” said Dr. Arnel del Barrio, PCC executive director.

The milk yields were from both the imported dairy buffaloes and from the crossbreds which are in the hands of the farmers.

Documentations by the PCC showed many examples of dairy carabao cooperatives in different parts of the country which are succeeding in their endeavors, the advances made in life by individual farmers through dairying, the flourishing of carabao-based industries, the engagement of thousands of entrepreneurs in the carabao-based industry, and how agencies partnered in providing milk supplementation to undernourished school children and a sure market for the milk of dairy farmers.

Stories also abounded about dirt-poor families who now own different vehicles, including expensive van, and other flourishing businesses spawned by their carabao-dairying ventures, of families who not only improved their houses, acquired appliances, motor vehicles but have supported easily the education of their children thru college.

In the meantime, the population of the purebred and crossbred dairy buffaloes continue to increase as the PCC and its partner agencies, including the Village-based Artificial Insemination Technician (VBAIT), along with the PCC-supported multiplier farms, intensify their work.

More to come

“In terms of carabao meat, our carabao slaughter rate was formerly 11 to 12 percent but has gone up to 16 percent… The demand is increasing [and] the local carabao is contributing much to that [market],” Dr. Del Barrio said.

He said the PCC is also establishing dairy carabao hubs as a well-oiled business marketing chain.

He added that a value-chain analysis about carabao-dairying has been completed. It is a positive step in identifying problems in each of the links and applying the necessary corrective measures to keep the chain in carabao-dairying unbroken and very strong.

Dr.  del Barrio said that on top of the PCC’s R&D efforts, the “mother of all milestones” of the agency is about to come.

“We now begin the count down for the birth of the Philippine Buffalo breed, one that is excellent for milk, meat and draft,” he declared. “The calves have now developed in the wombs of female animals and will come out soon,” he added.

When that comes, the country will join the few countries in the world that have successfully bred their own dairy buffalo breed.

In San Agustin, Isabela
Excellence in carabao crossbreeding

Hallmarks in carabao upgrading can also bring prominence and significance to a town. Take the case of San Agustin town in Isabela province.

This town has made high marks in carabao crossbreeding that no other town can approximate it. That’s why this town is often called as the “Crossbred Carabao Capital of the Philippines” by the officials and farmers in this town.

San Agustin is at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains and a crossroad of the provinces of Quirino, Aurora and Isabela.

Carabao is the number one ally of farmers for land cultivation up to the hauling of harvested crops and a real partner in many ways in agricultural endeavors and as such has fitted the aphorism that says “without the carabao, a farmer is only half a farmer”.

Furthermore, female carabaos have added meaning for them for they produce volume milk which can readily be turned into cash or food for the nutritional needs of their family. This is especially true for the dairy type of carabaos, like the Murrah buffaloes, Italian Mediterranean buffaloes, Brazilian buffaloes, and the crossbreds which yield higher milk quantity than that of the native or swamp buffaloes.

Crossbreeding introduced

Crossbreeding of the native-type (female) with the milk-type (male) carabaos was introduced in the spirit of the Philippine Carabao Act of 1992. The result is a crossbred carabao which, at its first generation, carries the 50% riverine blood and 50% Philippine carabao blood and zooms up to almost the purebred state after four generations of backcrossing.

According to studies, crossbred carabaos have the potentials for higher growth rate and milk production than the native carabaos. It can produce an average of 4-6 liters of milk a day or higher as their upgrading continues, while the native yielding an average of 1.5 liters daily.

San Agustin is a third class municipality with 23 barangays. Its total land area is 27,840 hectares characterized mostly of rolling hills terrain.

The town has a big number of native carabaos which the farmers use in their farm works. Its mountainous profile, which is rich in grasses, provides assurance to the farmers of the abundance of feed and its prevailing peace and order condition guarantees that the animal can be left grazing the whole day in the open field only to be retrieved the next morning for bathing.

In 1992, San Agustin was one of the areas identified, thru a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the then Philippine Carabao Research and Development Center (PCRDC) at Cagayan State University (now Philippine Carabao Center at CSU) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region II for the conduct of the Carabao Crossbreeding Program.

In September 1993, PCC@CSU center director Franklin Rellin together with then provincial veterinarian Dr. Angelo Naui, met with all the municipal agriculturists to inform them about the newly launched Carabao Upgrading Program (CUP) and how it can be carried out for the carabaos in different localities.

Julio Lamug, then municipal agriculturist of San Agustin, attended the gathering and informed and discussed with then Mayor Jesus Silorio how the CUP would impact on their town and farmers. Mayor Silorio eventually acquiesced to earmark Php25,000 for the expenses in implementing the program.

The first artificial insemination (AI) project in San Agustin was undertaken at the latter part of October 1993.

The farmers of the town, at first, hesitantly embraced the program to improve the breed of their carabaos. But as they witnessed the success of the 10 farmers who became the “forerunners” of the other hundreds of crossbred carabao owners in San Agustin, a big number of farmers registered their intention to submit their female carabaos for AI a year after.

Parallel to the AI program was the PCC’s bull loan program wherein imported and island-born superior quality bulls were loaned out to qualified farmer-partners for use in carabao upgrading in their respective places. San Agustin received a total of 15 bulls under the program which were given to different farmers under a MOA inked by the PCC and the respective farmers.

Later, in 1995, then Mayor Virgilio Padilla declared the CUP in San Agustin as the town’s banner program.

Thru the commitment and unwavering support of the previous mayors and the current Mayor Cesar Mondala as well as the participation of adherents and believers of the program, San Agustin’s CUP has grown very strong.

Population of crossbreds

San Agustin town is also known for its assiduous celebration of its “Nuang Festival”. “Nuang” is an Ilocano term for carabao. This festival is a much-anticipated occasion for carabao-owners as their beloved crossbreds are at the center stage of the festival and accorded public recognition of their significant achievement in participating and sustaining a program designed for the improvement of the breed of native carabaos.

The municipality of San Agustin, in its strong drive to continue and gain more grounds in crossbreeding, has trained several Village-Based AI Technicians (VBAITs) in PCC at CSU for the upscaling of growth in number of the crossbreds in the town.

Aside from the individual AI activity of VBAITs who were trained in PCC and the technicians from the Department of Agriculture (DA), they also conducted massive AI activities twice a year in the different barangays for the sustainable success of the program. All biologics used for vaccine and deworming were provided by the LGU and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

No doubt, the crossbreeding efforts in this town have already paid off as evidenced by the more than 2,068 head based on the inventory conducted by the research team of PCAARRD.  Over and above this achievement, during the celebration of San Agustin’s 13th Nuang Festival last September, three farmers were entrusted with buffalo bulls that will be used for natural mating with crossbred female carabaos to sire what could be the birth of calves, which after further diligent selection and testing, from among of which can be declared as the “Philippine Buffalo”.

Currently, the municipality has a total of 13 dairy associations. These associations are under the umbrella of the San Agustin Dairy Cooperative (SADACO).

SADACO’s total milk production grew higher from 2,803.25 liters in 2010 when they started milking their crossbreds to 39,283.54 liters in 2017. They process some of the milk yield into different milk products such as flavored milk drinks and pastillas and the rest for other purposes.

To sustain the CUP, the PCC experts recommended to San Agustin the implementation of strategies such as development of a roadmap and municipal livestock development plan, increased availment of the bull loan program, strengthening of the AI program, provision of post-production support, provision of technical training, community organizing, social preparation and marketing support, and establishment of collaboration and linkages.

San Agustin, thru the collaborative efforts of the LGU, PCC and other partners and supporters, hopes to be invigorated some more in its move forward with higher marks not only in carabao upgrading but also in dairy enterprise development.

Will someone now officially move for the declaration of San Agustin by a competent body as the “Crossbred Carabao Capital of the Philippines”?

Dairy buffalo farmers gain basic technical know-how on financial reporting

Some 60 dairy buffalo farmers gained technical know-how on basic reporting and interpretation of their respective cooperatives’ financial statement at the Philippine Carabao Center National Headquarters in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija last June 7-8.

The seminar titled “Basic Financial Reporting and Interpretation” conducted by the PCC’s National Impact Zone (NIZ) Unit in partnership with the Business Development and Commercialization Unit (BDCU) equipped the farmers with basic financial reporting skills.

Wilma T. Del Rosario, head of the NIZ unit, added that the seminar was aimed at helping the farmers fully understand their business operations, which is only possible if they are adept at understanding their own cooperatives’ financial statements.

Meanwhile, Joshua Villanueva of BDCU said, “If the farmers can fully understand their own cooperatives’ financial statement, then they would know when to invest or divest, sell or process, and accept or reject orders.” He added that a financial statement is an important tool for farmers to deliberately monitor the status of their business.

Villanueva and Christian Gonzales of the Internal Audit Section covered the topics on financial reporting and interpretation, financial performance analysis, and cooperative internal control.

The participants were board directors and officers from the following cooperatives: Catalanacan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Simula ng Panibagong Bukas Cooperative, Eastern Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Parista Barangay Defense System Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Parcutella Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Gabay sa Bagong Pag-asa Bungo and Bongabon Dairy Producers Association, PAO Producers Cooperative, Aglipay Dairy Producers Cooperative, Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperatives, and Caudillo Prutas at Gulay Producers Cooperative.