The DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) has forged a partnership with the Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) in a bid to expand its research and conservation efforts by including native animal protection in its priorities.
In a simple ceremony held during DA-PCC’s 30th anniversary celebration on March 31, DA-PCC OIC Executive Director Dr. Caro B. Salces signed a memorandum of agreement with SUC President III Dr. Elbert C. Edaniol for the implementation of the five-year project titled “Establishment of the Mindoro Carabao Conservation and Nucleus Farm in Occidental Mindoro State College”.
Said initiative marks a significant milestone in the advancement of sustainable development and animal conservation efforts of the institution.
The DA-PCC and OMSC have agreed to share their respective expertise and resources for the project, which will be a part of the Research Laboratory for Endangered Species in Mindoro Biodiversity Rescue and Conservation Center.
As stipulated in the MOA, among the responsibilities of DA-PCC include the provision of at least five initial carabao stocks that will be utilized for research and development, extension and production purposes, and capacity building in the form of technical training, seminars, and consultancy to OMSC; and conduct of research and development endeavors in collaboration with OMSC and close monitoring in the operation of the project as a basis for further development, assistance, and partnerships.
The OMSC, on the other hand, will procure at least five additional carabaos; provide buildings, logistics, facilities, and equipment needed for the operation of the project; and designate a coordinator who will spearhead the implementation of the project in close coordination with DA-PCC.
According to Dr. Danilda Duran, Scientist II and DA-PCC’s facilitator for the project, once the animal housing is constructed, DA-PCC will provide the carabaos for breeding, reproduction, and conservation research.