DA-PCC prepares fresh grads on AI, PD training to take on higher calling as village-based stewards of carabao program

Most recent AI and PD training graduates in Luzon, equipped to support DA-PCC’s Carabao Development Program (CDP), took on the challenge of enhancing buffalo production in the Philippines. The second batch completed a 31-day basic training course in Artificial Insemination (AI) and Pregnancy Diagnosis (PD) for water buffaloes at DA-PCC National Bull Farm in Brgy. Joson, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, from November 13 to December 13, 2023.

This initiative included 15 Luzon participants, representing entities like the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Local Government Unit (LGU), future Village-Based Artificial Insemination Technicians (VBAIT), and DA-Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) Staff under the Dairy Herd Buildup (DHBP) project.

Beyond technical training, participants honed critical thinking, interpersonal skills, field attitude, and demonstrated companionship, emphasizing the holistic approach to their roles.

Erwin Encarnacion, Science Research Specialist II and regional AI coordinator, highlighted the significance of attitude in fostering success, relationships, and overall well-being. He urged participants to self-evaluate, emphasizing that skills can be learned, but attitudes take time to develop.
Dr. Luise Sudla, city veterinarian of Gapan City, who ranked 1st among the trainees, acknowledged the challenges faced during the training and emphasized the importance of attitude, compassion, and sharing best practices. He committed to applying these skills to benefit their constituents.

Dr. Ericson N. Dela Cruz, DA-PCC at CLSU Center Director, expressed pride in shaping skilled AI technicians, noting the high levels of trust among the recently trained technicians and their readiness for field performance.
Dr. Edgar A. Orden, CLSU President, congratulates and extends his support in all initiatives on new knowledge and technologies for societal development.

The DA-PCC’s commitment to increasing buffalo production includes initiatives such as artificial insemination, contributing to the Philippines’ sustainable development. The DA-PCC National Bull Farm serves as a training center, upskilling individuals nationwide in programs like AI, pregnancy diagnosis, bull management, and reproductive management to fulfill the agency’s mission, vision, and mandate.