DA-PCC recognizes Dairy Box partners in BizTalk, DaiREWARD yearender

The DA-PCC recently held a “BizTalk and DaiREWARD Year-end Evaluation and Planning Workshop” which aimed to boost the business confidence of Dairy Box operators.

Said workshop, which was held in Cebu City last December 12-14, aimed to help improve the operators’ business strategies to double their sales.

Topics that were discussed included customer retention and customer service strategy, initial introduction of the “Dairycademy” which will be the online website for Dairy Box, and provision of a 24 point of sales (POS) where each operator was provided with a tablet and printer.

Another session on “Planning and Evaluation: Get Set, Goal!” highlighted lessons on objective key results (OKR), profiling, and investment calculator.

The year-end evaluation also aims to sustain the operators’ commitment to the initiatives on Dairy Box standardization.

An awarding ceremony was also held to give recognition to the hardworking Dairy Box partners. Dairy Box-Muñoz and Dairy Box-Ubay were cited “Best Performing Dairy Box” and Diane Lou Gregorio of DA-PCC at Ubay Stock Farm was named “Best Dairy Box Focal”.

A Christmas celebration also highlighted the yearender showcasing the creativity of the Dairy Box stores on Christmas parol and tree making, Christmas store design, and Christmas presentation. Dairy Box-Pangasinan was the overall champion and bagged the “Dairy Merry co-LOVE” award.

Said BizTalk and DaiREWARD, led by the Planning and Information Management Division (PIMD), was inspired by the theme of the recent National Carabao Conference: “Mga Kwentong Tibay, Pagbangon, at Pasasalamat.”

Photos by Ira Quiambao

Strategic KM planning for ALAB Karbawan-Southern Luzon

The DA-PCC at University of the Philippine Los Baños (DA-PCC at UPLB) conducted its first ALAB Karbawan Strategic and Knowledge Management Planning Workshop for its stakeholders in southern Luzon at the Eusebio Hall of the DA-PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool (DA-PCC NHQGP), on December 12-13, 2022.

The Accelerating Livelihood and Assets Buildup (ALAB) Karbawan is DA-PCC’s Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED) intervention and the popularized name for the Carabao-based Improvement Network (CBIN) which aims to provide business opportunities to improve Filipino carabao farmers’ livelihood and boost the development of the local dairy industry in the country.

The two-day ALAB Karbawan workshop highlighted the project components and way forward, updates of CBED and CBIN projects in Regions IV-A and B, and Region V, the Carabao Industry Roadmap, situation analysis and action planning, and strategic communication interventions that will aim to enhance the stakeholders knowledge and skills on dairy carabao production.

“The farmer cooperatives are part of the value chain system, which means that their role is crucial to the development and success of the ALAB Karbawan projects,” DA-PCC Deputy Executive Director Dr. Caro Salces said.

Dr. Salces also encouraged the participants to help the DA-PCC in strengthening and improving the carabao industry by promoting artificial insemination (AI) in their communities, an initiative that is seen to increase the numbers of carabaos in the region.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also presented their respective programs and services that may benefit the carabao industry stakeholders.

The workshop was participated by DA-PCC at UPLB’s assisted farmer cooperatives including Magdalena Agriculture Cooperative (MAgCo), General Trias Dairy Raisers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GTDRMPC), Llano Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LFMPC), The Rosario Livestock and Agriculture Farming Cooperative (TRLAFCo), Mindoro Dairy Cooperative (MiDaCo), and Marinduque Diocesan Development Cooperative (MDDC).

Kardeli’s potential in the S&T and business industry

In underpinning the collaboration of science and technology (S&T) in the business world, the DA-PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool (DA-PCC NHQGP) showcased the edge of Kardeli carabao meat products in the event of Agri-Aqua Innovation Pitch Fest (AIPF) 2022 at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.

Kardeli represents a nutritious brand of meat sourced from ethically grown carabaos in an environmentally sound and hygienic production system. Its branding is derived from the words carabao (for kar) and delicacy (for deli).

DA-PCC NHQGP team, Eufrocina Atabay, Zadieshar Sanchez, Hannah Jalotjot, Alfred Sayson, Patrizia Saturno, and Jan Czarina Salas, attended the event to promote the benefits of Kardeli products, as well as to explain the network of its market which assured its possible investors.

The potential of Kardeli products in the market was introduced by the DA-PCC NHQGP team, such that it has different variants of carabao meat sausage that provide a variety of choices for consumers. It can also be utilized in various dishes, particularly for papaitan, and it can be produced as tapa and tocino.

The primary goal of AIFP 2022 is to provide the opportunity for technology innovators of the agri-aqua sector to present their research-based inventions to potential investors, businessmen, and other stakeholders which adhere to its theme of “make science and technology (S&T) their business edge”.It was participated by the 21 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and five research and development institutes (RDIs) that featured their research-based inventions in the technology pitching approach that encouraged them to engage in modern business communication.

Said technology pitching also unlocked the capabilities of technology innovators in effectively communicating their developed inventions which enlightened them not to limit themselves as researchers and technology innovators.“Delivering a concise technology and investment pitch can be extremely nerve-racking, but my genuine belief in all the attributes and causes embodied by our Kardeli brand made the pitch more manageable. To be truly proud of Kardeli and its journey as a commercial technology is something you cannot just fake. The Kardeli pitch reminded me how proud I am to belong to this institution,” underscored by Sanchez, head of BDCU and OIC of AFMD at DA-PCC NHQGP.

Kardeli is one of the research-based technologies products presented in the AIPF 2022 last December 06, 2022, that was supported by the 15 regional consortia members.

Photos by Hannah Jalotjot