Today marks the start of the challenge to Bongabon Dairy Cooperative’s (BDC) to process milk and contribute to the demand of the national milk feeding program.
Through the Village Level Farm-Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED) Project of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform-Nueva Ecija, BDC was awarded PhP300,000 for the processing equipment and the enhancement of the cooperative’s dairy processing center.
Present in the event were DAR’s Secretary Bernie F. Cruz, Undersecretary Lucius G. Malsi, Assistant Secretary Maria Celestina M. Tam, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Eden Ponio, and other officials form the Department of Agrarian Reform-Nueva Ecija. Also in attendance to show support are DAR’s partner agencies namely Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) headed by its OIC Executive Director Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, Department of Trade and Industry-Nueva Ecija represented by Mr. Micko R. Dela Cruz, and Mayor Allan Xystus A. Gamilla.
Pangarap at pagkakaisa. These are the key ingredients to a successful cooperative, said Chairperson Mario Dela Cruz. Rising from the ranks, the BDC was one amongst the newly established dairy cooperatives in Nueva Ecija being assisted by DA-PCC.
Chairperson dela Cruz was very emotional while delivering his message for the overwhelming support that the government has given to their cooperative. They promised that they will make these blessings prosper in exchange for the effort and hardwork of the people behind to make this project possible.
The said project is in line with the DA’s battlecry towards Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita among our local farmers.