Ready-to-consume dairy carabao products are now officially available to the public 24/7 following the launching of a oneSTore.ph vending machine of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) on October 27.
Located beside the entrance of the Milka Krem outlet in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, the automated machine aims to promote the produce of local dairy farmers and make them conveniently and easily accessible to a wider range of consumers.
It was made possible through the DA-PCC’s partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development thru its oneSTore.ph project; and Central Luzon State University-Central Luzon Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium.
Marivic Orge, DA-PCC’s Central Dairy Collecting and Processing Facility Plant Manager, demonstrated the how-tos of operating the vending machine and underscored its importance as a new marketing scheme in this time of pandemic.
“This will be useful for our ‘kababayans’ who want to patronize our dairy farmers’ products but are unable to at times when the Milka Krem store is already closed. It offers fast service and prime location to ensure that you can still enjoy dairy products any time at your convenience,” Orge said.
She also assured the customers that the products in the vending machine are always fresh as they replace them with new stocks every three days to avoid spoilage.
Specifically, among the products available include pasteurized milk, chocomilk, rice milk, yogurt, pastillas, polvoron, and milkaroons.
Also present during the launching were DA-PCC Deputy Executive Director for Admin. and Finance Dr. Caro Salces, Deputy Executive Director for Production and Research Dr. Claro Mingala, Carabao-Based Enterprise Development Section Officer-in-Charge Joel Cabading, and former DA-PCC Executive Director Dr. Libertado Cruz. The launching ceremony was broadcast live via the DA-PCC’s Facebook page in partnership with Tulong Balita Online.