Photo Contest

Ready, set, shoot! (Attention to all PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS)

Join the DA-PCC’s Photo Contest for National Women’s Month 2020 and win as much as Php20,000!

MECHANICS:

• Theme
Photos must capture the essential and active role being played by women in the carabao-based enterprise development and the “Ani at Kita” tagline of the Department of Agriculture

• Contest Duration
PCC will accept entries from February 14 to March 15, 2020

• Who can join?
The contest is open to all amateur Filipino photo enthusiasts. Employees of PCC including their relatives up to second degree of affinity or consanguinity are not qualified to join the contest.

• Submission of Entries:
1. Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of two entries only.
2. Participants must submit photos to pccgadteam@gmail.com
3. PCC will only accept entries submitted via email. Those that will be submitted through other means will be automatically disqualified.
4. Entries to be submitted should include the following details:
4.1 Name, sex, age, mailing address, contact number and occupation
4.2 Caption for the photo, which must be accurate and complete enough to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken
4.3 Place where the photo was taken (barangay, town/municipality/city, province, region)
4.4 Date when it was taken
4.5 Camera used
5. File name of photos should be pattern in this format: SURNAME_ENTRY NUMBER Sample: DE LA CRUZ_1 or DE LA CRUZ_2
6. Deadline of submission of entries is on March 15, 2020, 5PM

• Photo Image/Requirements
1. Photos must be all original and only colored photos will be considered. Black and white or sepia photos will be automatically disqualified.
2. Photos must be in digital JPEG or JPG format, in high-resolution, 25MB maximum file size. (Recommended resolution: 3,000 pixels whether horizontal image or vertical image at 300 dpi.)
3. Photos must not be digitally altered (colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, stitched panorama, high dynamic range HDR images etc.) and/or enhanced in any way. Only simple cropping, minor adjustments in color, sharpness, contrast or digital equivalents are allowed.
4. Watermarked photos and those that have been previously submitted or have won in any local or international photography contest will be disqualified.
5. Photos to be submitted must be taken starting on February 14 2020, the official launch of the photo contest.

• Criteria
The criteria for judging will be as follows:
Adherence to theme/content (30%)
Creativity and Originality (25%)
Visual Impact (25%)
Photographic Quality (20%)

• Prizes:
Top 3 entries will receive cash prize and certificate of appreciation
1st Prize – 20,000
2nd Prize – 15,000
3rd Prize – 10,000

• Selection of Winners
1. Pre-Screening: Panel of judges from PCC will pre-screen all the submitted entries to ensure that the contestants have complied with the prescribed guidelines and it has no violent content, nudity or obscenity.
2. Winners deliberation: PCC will invite panel of judges from partner-organizations who will then select winners based on the short listed entries on March 20, 2020. The decision of the judges is final and not appealable.
3. Announcement of Winners: Winners will be notified via e-mail. The winning photos will also be showcased in the PCC website (www.pcc.gov.ph) and official Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineCarabaoCenter). Awarding ceremonies will be scheduled anytime between March 25-30, 2020 at the PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool.

Preparation of Urea-Molasses Treated Rice Straw showcased in Ilocos Norte

Farmers and livestock raisers from various towns in Ilocos Norte attended a techno-demo titled “Enhancing Feeding Management Practices of Ruminant Raisers: A Urea-Molasses Treated Rice Straw (UMTRS) Demonstration and Technology Showcase” held in Marcos, Ilocos Norte on January 30, 2020.

The techno-demo is part of a project titled “Development of Sustainable Rice Straw Management Practices and Technologies for Ruminant Fodder in the Philippines” (RiceStraw PH), which is a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). The project is funded by the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).

Participating farmers came from the towns of Marcos, Currimao, Dingras, Solsona, Nueva Era, Banna and Pinili and the City of Laoag.

It is a common knowledge that rice straws are being burned after harvest either because it is difficult to collect, it has been the practice for a long time, or farmers don’t have enough knowledge on the use and benefits of rice straws. This project highlights not only the economic benefits that can be derived in utilizing the rice straws, but also the positive environmental impact of not burning them.

Dr. Daniel Aquino, center director of PCC at Central Luzon State University (PCC@CLSU) and study leader gave an overview of the project and also discussed the importance of rice straw as animal feed. He also presented the needed materials and discussed the step-by-step preparation and efficient utilization of the UMTRS.

The following materials are needed for the mixture to make a 100 kg UMTRS: 4.40 kg urea, 4 kg molasses, and 91.6 kg water. Simply dip the rice straws (preferably chopped) in the mixture. Then put it in a drum or in a silage bag, making sure that it is compact before sealing it.

The UMTRS can be fed directly to ruminants 30 days after ensiling. It ensures higher milk production for lactating animals, improved weight, and additional nutrient value.

The participants, themselves, divided into two groups and guided by PCC personnel, prepared the UMTRS during the hands-on activity. After which, they were taught on the right way to ensile and seal the silage bags.

Participants were also taught on how to store rice straws by using the bailing machine or an improvised stationary wooden bailer.

Utilization of the UMTRS as an ingredient of the Total Mix Ration (TMR) was also demonstrated.

The adoption of the UMTRS technology will benefit cooperatives with farmer-members, agricultural entrepreneurs, livestock producers and extension workers, as it ensures additional income and sustainable source of livestock feed.

AI Tech in Regions XI, XII, Maguindanao underscore low AI output in 2019

With the aim of underscoring the low output in artificial insemination (AI) in 2019, the DA-Philippine Carabao Center at University of Southern Mindanao (DA-PCC@USM) conducted the 10th Artificial Insemination Forum last February 6-7, 2020 at the Agricultural Training Institute Satellite Office, Kabacan, North Cotabato.

There are almost 90 AI technicians coming from Region XI, Region XII and Maguindanao who participated in and tackled the 2019 accomplishment report, issues and concerns; laid down the strategies to be used in increasing AI-related services; and presented their 2020 target and commitment.

“The solution for our problem is not only about the efficiency of the technology (AI), the person (AI technician) also matters,” DA-PCC Deputy Executive Director Dr. Caro B. Salces said.

Dr. Salces added “being effective AI technicians means they need to be a salesman who is good in marketing a product and for us our product is our technology.”

Part of the program is the presentation of Dr. Antonio Obsioma, retired professor of UP Mindanao, on the recent updates about increasing AI efficiency in cattle and buffaloes along with strategies to be used.

PCC@USM Center Director Benjamin John C. Basilio emphasized that the key to well-coordinated program implementation, monitoring and evaluation is to equip the program implementers with integrated competencies.

Aside from addressing the concerns in AI, PCC@USM AI Coordinator Jeffrey A. Rabanal gave recognition to the most outstanding AI technicians in Region XI and Region XII; and Most Outstanding AI Program Implementer in terms of AI services, calf drop monitoring, and calf drop output covering Calendar Year 2017-2019.

“Determination to work as an AI technician and orienting the farmers about the benefits of PCC programs are the tools I use to encourage the farmers to adopt the technologies being offered to them,” Mary Jane Edquila, AI Technician LGU Mongkayo and Most Outstanding AI Technician for Region XI, said.

PCC garners 3rd place among DA operating units in cash utilization

With a total unused Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) balance of only Php446.24 for FY 2019, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) ranked third among the 31 different operating units of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in terms of the usage of NCA, which was awarded during the FY 2019 DA Year-End Financial Evaluation and Assessment Workshop last January 27-31 held in Iloilo City.

Other awardees were as follows: DA-Regional Field Office (RFO) – Region VIII for the top spot, followed by DA-RFO – Region VII for second place, DA-RFO – Region VI for the 4th place, and the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), who were conferred 5th and 6th place, respectively.

The PCC received a total NCA of Php675,872,243.00 for the period January – December 2019 and has spent a total amount of Php675,871,796.76 or almost 100% of the given cash allocation, which translates to effective public service delivery.

The NCA represents the cash requirements of government agencies for the implementation of their programs, activities and projects for the year. Prudent financial management dictates that the NCA should be fully utilized in order to ensure that the Filipino people feel the benefits of their hard-earned taxes.

DA Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Roldan Gorgonio took part in the event with a keynote speech. According to him, every government employee should be knowledgeable about the pertinent rules concerning government transactions as everyone is considered stewards of government wealth.

‘Common grounding in CBIN’: A farmer-to-farmer talk

In line with the idea of understanding concept and practices through common grounding, a total of 15 identified recipients of dairy buffaloes from Highland Agricultural Credit Cooperative (HACC) of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato underwent field exposure to the successful dairy buffalo farmers duly assisted by the Philippine Carabao Center at University of Southern Mindanao (PCC@USM) in Region XII last January 30-31under the Carabao Business Improvement Network (CBIN).

The objectives of the said activity were to let the HACC members experience and conduct interview among the successful farmers with dairy production activities in order to elucidate their queries in terms of management of dairy buffaloes, and collect ideas and strategies to increase milk production and dairy management practices.

Nasrola Ibrahim, PCC@USM CBED Coordinator, mentioned that letting the farmers learn from the experience of their co-farmers is a great approach in terms of learning dairy buffalo management.

Among the visited sites of dairy buffalo farmers supported by PCC@USM in Region XII were the dairy farms of Canahay Dairy Farmers Association (CADAFA) members Gemma Bengil and Rodel Estañol in Surallah, South Cotabato wherein they were exposed to milking and pasteurizing freshly harvested buffalo’s milk. Another site they visited was Abner Panaligan’s dairy farm in Sto. Niño, South Cotabato where they saw the piles of sweet corn silage. Lastly, HACC members observed the constructed animal shed and feeding of calves in D&L Dairy Farm owned by Dominic Paclibar in M’lang, Province of Cotabato.

“As we visited the dairy farm of CADAFA members, I saw the key to be successful in the field of dairying. We need perseverance to work and strengthen the camaraderie in our cooperative,” Rodelyn Estaba, member of HACC, emphasized.

“When we started dairy farming through the CBIN project, we take all the lessons and tactics we need in order to be successful in our chosen project,” Merlinda Go, HACC Chairwoman, expressed.

In response to what Ms. Go said, PCC@USM Center Director Benjamin John Basilio stressed that the conduct of the activity was part of the preparation of the cooperative for its upcoming dairy project. Director Basilio added that PCC serves as a channel of blessing and not an additional burden to the dairy farmers.

Meanwhile, Gemma Bengil, member of CADAFA, uttered that they were overjoyed as they impart knowledge on buffalo dairying to their fellow farmers.

“We are happy because we cannot imagine that we are the ones who are teaching future dairy farmers because before, we were the ones sitting and taking time to learn the technologies being taught to us by the PCC@USM,” Bengil added.

Aside from field exposure, participants also toured PCC@USM institutional herd and they had lectures on pasture development, breeding management, and health management with the PCC@USM Farm Superintendent Dr. Virgilio V. Lopez.

The HACC was the second cooperative under the stewardship of PCC@USM that has undergone the said activity following the Linoan Farmers Intergrated Cooperative (LIFICO) of Montevista, Davao de Oro who did the same on December 4-6, 2019.

ASKI inaugurates ASKI-AusAid Agri Center for ASKI-SKI youth carapreneurs

Select aspiring youth carapreneurs from the Alalay sa Kaunlaran Incorporated (ASKI) Skills and Knowledge Institute (SKI) are set to manage the ASKI-AusAid Agri Center that was inaugurated last January 22 in Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

The construction of the building was funded by the Australian Government and is intended for the processing, packaging, and marketing of products from carabao’s milk. The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) had already entrusted dairy carabaos to the ASKI-SKI for the said initiative and the agency will also serve as one of the sources of milk that will be processed in the center.

“We came up with this project to help students who are not financially capable to continue their studies and to bring back the interest of the youth in agriculture,” Rolando Victoria, ASKI Group president and chief executive officer, said.

To manage the center, the “Samahan ng mga Kabataan Para sa Kaunlaran (SKPK)” comprised of high school students from the ASKI’s institute was created last year.

According to Ley Ann Pale, President of SKPK, the center can encourage youth like her to consider agriculture as a source of livelihood of students through value-added products from processed carabao’s milk.

Meanwhile, PCC Executive Director Dr. Arnel Del Barrio expressed his support and commitment to the said project.

“PCC is willing to afford technical assistance and training on the processing of carabao-based products. We will also pledge to entrust additional dairy carabaos to ASKI-SKI for milk production,” Dr. Del Barrio underscored in his message during the center’s inauguration program.

He added that the project also has the potential to be part of the work force for the efforts geared towards the provision of milk for Filipino children aged 5-12 years old as per Republic Act 11307 or the “‘Masustansiyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act”. The said act aims to fight malnutrition among Filipino children.

Also present in the event were Talavera Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez and Department of Trade and Industry Nueva Ecija (DTI-NE) Provincial Director Brigida Pili.

“The center can be part of DTI’s project on Shared Service Facility (SSF) where equipment for livelihood were given,” DTI Provincial Director Pili said. She added that there are about 50 cooperatives that were granted with SSF.

ASKI group CEO Victoria shared that they hope to expand the project to other schools as well and encourage Filipinos to further patronize carabao’s milk.

The ASKI is a non-stock and non-profit organization involved in social services and establishment of small to medium enterprise.

PCC underscores ‘ease of doing business’ in FY 2019 year-end financial workshop

The finance group of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), together with the accountants and bookkeepers of its 12 regional centers, convened to report the results of the financial transactions for fiscal year 2019 last January 20-24 at the PCC Campos Hall.

In preparation for the consolidated financial statements to be submitted to the Commission on Audit (COA) in February, the 38 participants worked to accomplish the following: (1) reconciliation of intra-agency accounts; (2) preparation of adjusting entries; (3) preparation of the trial balance; (4) revaluation of biological assets and (5) preparation of various schedules in support to the notes in the financial statements.

Dr. Arnel N. Del Barrio, PCC executive director, graced the event by giving a short message, emphasizing the importance of Republic Act No. 11032, also known as “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018”, which seeks to further reduce red tape and speed up public service delivery. In compliance with this, he recounts his practice of signing documents even outside the office premises and even on weekends to fast track transactions.

Finally, recognizing the crucial role of an effective accounting software in public fiscal accountability and transparency, Romeo Cruz from the COA-Accounting Systems Development and Other Services Office discussed relevant updates of the eNGAS and eBudget, such as the inclusion of the date of creation and the date of approval of the Journal Entry Voucher, in order to trace lapses in the length of review of transactions. He was assisted by Michelle Gagarra and Christian Baturi in the integration of said updates in the respective computers of the participants.