Buffalo Milk on Wheels becomes a hit in SJC

More than 100 residents bought products at the DA-PCC’s Buffalo Milk on Wheels (BMW) at Kegkeg Plaza at the San Jose City (SJC) Hall earlier today. Some of the products sold were pasteurized milk, yoghurt flavoured drink, chocomilk, and kesong puti.

The BMW was facilitated by a DA-PCC team led by Wilma del Rosario, National Impact Zone (NIZ) Coordinating Unit head. Behind her is a team of marketing experts composed of creative staff from the Planning and Information Management Division- Business Development and Commercialization Unit, Knowledge Management Division, Research and Development Division (RDD), NIZ Coordinating Unit, and RDD- Reproduction and Physiology Section (RPS).

Dr. Danilda Duran, Scientist I and RDD-RPS head, assisted in the rolling out of the BMW on proper coordination with the LGU of SJC. Social distancing measures were strictly observed during the mobile market.

Also present to support the DA-PCC BMW were City Cooperative Development Officer Cristina Corpuz and her staff.

Apart from SJC, DA-PCC BMW will be visiting other places in Nueva Ecija such as Science City of Muñoz, Bongabon, Aliaga, Rizal, Guimba, General Tinio, and Lupao.

Bohol LGU partners with PCC to mitigate setbacks of lockdown to dairy farmers

“Karong panahona, magtinabangay gyud ta [in this (COVID-19) time, we really need to help each other],” Mayor Constantino H. Reyes of the municipality of Ubay said during an interview about the LGU’s efforts to fight against COVID-19.

​Reyes underscored how partnership has helped the municipality carry out its responsibility to its constituents during the community quarantine (CQ) period in response to COVID-19. Thru a 50:50 counterpart, the Philippine Carabao Center at Ubay Stock Farm (PCC@USF) and the municipality aided a total of Php1.6 million-worth of toned carabao’s milk included in the latter’s relief packs to more than 20,000 households in Ubay. The milk was sourced from Bohol Dairy Cooperative (BODACO).

Guillerma Abay-abay, Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED) coordinator of PCC@USF, said this initiative would help secure the income of dairy farmers while at the same time help boost the immunity of people during the CQ.

“Ang kining gatas, immune-booster na no (Milk is an immune-booster),” Mayor Reyes said.

“Problema, og di nato paliton ang ilang gatas, maundang intawon pod ang ilang panginabuhian nga mao pu’y ilang gisaligan intawon sa ilang inadlaw-adlaw nga pagkaon, pang gasto, duna pa sila’y anak nga nangiskwela (The problem is if we don’t buy their milk, they won’t have a source of income where most of their daily needs depend on including financing for their children’s education),” he added.

​Also included in the LGU’s relief pack are six kilograms of rice, six pieces of canned sardines, one dozen eggs, three packs of noodles, three sachets of milk, three sachets of powdered chocolate drink, and one whole piece of dressed chicken.

​Although Bohol has no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases yet, the province was placed under CQ on March 16, 2020 by virtue of Executive Order (EO) No. 08. This restricts travels to and from Bohol, prohibits the operation of non-essential businesses and tourism sites, and directs people to stay at home for the time being.

PCC@LCSF provides carabao’s milk to frontliners, families amid COVID-19 threat

The Philippine Carabao Center at La Carlota Stock Farm (PCC@LCSF) together with San Julio Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (SJARBC) started providing flavored carabao’s milk to border checkpoints in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.

Throughout the course of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Tanjay City, around 400 individual frontliners and 1,000 families belonging to the vulnerable sectors are expected to receive ready-to-drink milk.

PCC@LCSF and SJARBC will continue to provide 330 ml of milk per individual and one liter per family until the ECQ is lifted.

PCC@LCSF Center Director Ariel Abaquita said this is the center’s symbolic salute to the men and women who are working selflessly in the frontlines to fight off this COVID-19 pandemic.