A delegation from the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE) visited the DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) headquarters yesterday on future cooperation and expert exchange.
Dr. László Máthé, head of External Relations and Coordination Centre and Dr. Gábor Lehőcz, deputy head of Mission for the Hungarian Embassy in Manila, led the team.
The visit to the agency was part of their itinerary to tour the different government agencies in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
DA-PCC Executive Director Dr. Liza G. Battad and Deputy Executive Director for Production and Research Dr. Claro Mingala led the welcome party.
Drs. Battad and Mingala in their welcome message emphasized on the agency’s pursuit of strengthening ties with international institutions to further partnerships on research and development.
Dr. Mingala had initial talks with the university on possible collaboration in these areas and a signing of Memorandum of Understanding during his visit to Hungary in May with Dr. Marvin Villanueva, OIC chief of the Research and Development Division.
Drs. Máthé and Lehőcz positively responded to the warm welcome and said that they commit to any other future undertakings between the two countries.
Following a luncheon, the visiting party heard a short presentation from DA-PCC given by Dr. Excel Rio Maylem, Senior Science Research Specialist and head of the Reproductive and Physiology Section (RPS) of the RDD. Said presentation mentioned possible areas of research collaboration with the Animal Biotechnology and Embryo Breeding Lab MATE and the RPS and RDD of DA-PCC.
A quick tour of the DA-PCC facilities including the National Livestock Cryobank, National Gene Pool, Milka Krem, and the Central Dairy Collecting and Processing capped the team’s visit.