DA-PCC hosts BizTalk session on biz literacy, management for dairy co-ops with marketing outlets

The DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) recently organized a Business Talk (BizTalk) for its assisted cooperatives managing Dairy Boxes and Processing and Marketing Outlets, aiming to help them maximize the potential of their carabao-based businesses for increased profitability.
The learning event, held from January 15 to 19, aimed to foster knowledge-sharing by providing insights into various aspects of business literacy and marketing strategies in the dairy value chain.

Representatives from 56 DA-PCC-assisted cooperatives nationwide participated in the activity, geared towards enhancing their ability to make rational financial and investment decisions for sustainable business growth.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to learn and understand the fundamentals of business, including its nature, objectives, and general role. Additionally, strategies for asset management, such as cash handling, accounts receivable tracking, and inventory management, were discussed in detail to equip them with practical skills for effective business operations.

Participants also learned to measure the financial performance of their businesses using metrics such as Return on Investment (ROI) and other key parameters, as well as calculate the breakeven point. Moreover, they gained knowledge and techniques related to product costing and pricing, enabling them to navigate these critical aspects of their operations with confidence.

The activity was organized by DA-PCCโ€™s Monitoring and Business Planning Support Section under its Planning and Information Management Division.

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-PCCโ€™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.

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As 2023 nears its end, the Philippine Carabao Center’s dedication to uplifting carabao communities remains unwavering. DA-PCC at CSU hosted a training course on Buffalo Bull Management on December 19-20, 2023 at the National Swamp Buffalo Gene Pool and Dairy Buffalo Farm, Baung, Piat, equipping future recipients of the “Bull Entrustment Program” with essential knowledge and skills.

Hailing from various corners of Cagayan, Isabela, and Apayao, 16 aspiring recipients attended the intensive two-day course. This training serves as a prerequisite for the Bull Entrustment Program, ensuring these individuals are well-prepared to handle and care for purebred buffalo bulls entrusted to them.

The Bull Entrustment Program is a cornerstone initiative of the Philippine Carabao Center. It strategically places purebred buffalo bulls with selected farmers, enabling them to utilize the bulls for natural mating with local carabaos. This program effectively spreads the superior genetic potential of purebred buffaloes, aiming to upgrade the overall quality and productivity of the local carabao population.

While artificial insemination plays a crucial role in genetic improvement, the Bull Entrustment Program offers a complementary approach. It fosters natural mating, leading to increased opportunities for genetic exchange and a broader impact on the local herd. Ultimately, both the Bull Entrustment and Artificial Insemination programs work in tandem, synergistically driving the Carabao Development Program’s objectives.

This two-fold approach aims to upgrade the genetics of native carabaos, increase the dairy crossbred population, and boost production of buffalo-derived products.

By investing in training and farmer empowerment, the PCC is paving the way for a brighter future for buffalo breeding in the Cagayan Valley. This news not only highlights the agency’s commitment to carabao development but also showcases the potential of collaborative efforts between government agencies, universities, and local communities to drive positive change in the agricultural sector.

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The DA-Philippine Carabao Center at Cagayan State University (DA-PCC at CSU) has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to excellence and continuous improvement by successfully passing its ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit. This remarkable achievement marks the 12th consecutive year that DA-PCC at CSU has earned this prestigious recognition.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification is an internationally recognized standard that attests to an organization’s commitment to providing high-quality products and services while adhering to stringent quality management principles.

Dr. Rovina R. Piรฑera, OIC- Center Director of DA-PCC at CSU, expressed her satisfaction: “This achievement is an affirmation of our unwavering commitment to continuously improve the quality of our operations and deliver reliable services to our stakeholders.”

She added, “We are incredibly proud of our team’s commitment and passion; this aligns with our dream to create an organizational structure that engages in a continuous cycle of self-evolution and improvement.”
The success of DA-PCC at CSU in maintaining its commitment to quality management reflects the dedication and diligence of the entire team in achieving operational excellence.

DA-PCC, PLGU-Batangas, TRLAFCO ink partnership for carabao-based livelihood opportunities

The DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC), the Provincial Local Government Unit of Batangas (PLGU-Batangas), and the Rosario Livestock Agriculture and Farming Cooperative (TRLAFCO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Provincial Cooperative Livelihood and Enterprise Development Office (PCLEDO) in Batangas City on December 19, 2023.

The signed MOA is a joint partnership of DA-PCC, PLGU-Batangas, and TRLAFCO in attaining sustainable development objectives of inclusive growth and poverty reduction through the implementation of multi-party development convergence projects such as sharing available resources and support, creating collaborative opportunities in the implementation of the province-wide Carabao-based Business Improvement Network (CBIN), and providing assistance to all carabao owners by linking and facilitating their inclusion in the carabao-based enterprises (CBE) value chain to boost the local dairy industry.

The Carabao-based Business Improvement Network (CBIN) is popularized as Accelerating Livelihood and Assets Buildup (ALAB)-Karbawan through the initiative of the Office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform, headed by Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

The MOA was signed by DA-PCC OIC-Executive Director Dr. Caro B. Salces and PLGU-Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas, represented by Hon. Maria Claudette Ambida-Alday, TRLAFCO Chairperson Mr. Alvin A. Virtucio, witnessed by DA-PCC at UPLB Regional Center Director Dr. Thelma A. Saludes, Provincial Administrator Wilfredo D. Racelis, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Romelito R. Marasigan, and PCLEDO Provincial Cooperative Development Officer Ms. Celia L. Atienza.

DA-PCC, DSWD implement PHP9.8M milk feeding program in Ilocandia

The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (DA-PCC at MMSU) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office I (DSWD ROI) launched today a supplemental milk feeding program worth PHP9,839,400.00.

The feeding program will benefit 3,565 Child Development Center pupils in 13 Local Government Units (LGUs) in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. The children will be served with 180 ml sterilized milk every day for 120 days.

The covered municipalities in the province of Ilocos Norte are Currimao, Banna, Sarrat, Dumalneg and Adams. In the province of Ilocos Sur, the municipalites are Galimuyod, Banayoyo, Lidlidda, San Emilio, Sta. Catalina, Nagbukel, Burgos, and San Esteban.

The launching was simultaneously conducted in both of the provinces.
The program was implemented in line with RA 11037, otherwise known as the MAsustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino act. It is expected to address malnutrition problems among the beneficiaries, as well as provide them with daily additional nutritious meal.

In September of this year, the funds were turned over to DA-PCC at MMSU at the Operations Center of the DSWD Field Office I by key personnel namely Anniely J. Ferrer, Asst. Regional Director for Operations; Clarivel Banzuela, Chief-Statutory Programs Divisions; Alma Gonzales, SFP Focal Person; and Melecio C. Ubilas, Asst. Regional Director for Administration. It was received by Melinda G. Galacgac and Mari Joan A. Nefulda, DA-PCC at MMSUโ€™s milk feeding focal and Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED) coordinator, respectively.

New CDP KIOSK to benefit farmers in Sarangani Province

Farmers in Sarangani Province will now have easy access to information about the Carabao Development Program, thanks to the installation of the new CDP KIOSK, or Carabao Development Program – Karunungan, Impormasyon, Oportunidad Sa Kalabawan in Maitum on November 28.

The kiosk, comprising transportable display panels, a table with a brochure holder, a magazine rack, and a display booth, was installed by the DA-Philippine Carabao Center. Camille de Gracia, along with Nasrola S. Ibrahim, Airine Rigon, and Rodolfo T. Valdez Jr., represented the center during the installation.

Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum signed the memorandum of agreement, expressing the municipality’s commitment to supporting the carabao dairy business.

The turnover ceremony, witnessed by the Pangi Multipurpose Cooperativeโ€”a cooperative supported by DA-PCC at USM under the CBIN projectโ€”highlighted their appreciation for the opportunity to utilize the CDP KIOSK in promoting products and services at various events.

Initiated and facilitated by the Knowledge Management Division-Learning Events Coordination Section, the CDP KIOSK serves as a method to disseminate information about the dairy buffalo production programs, services, and technologies offered by the DA-PCC, along with the agency’s knowledge products.

Empowering farmers with a basket of technology options through Facilitators Training

The persistent challenge in disseminating agricultural technologies lies in their low adoption rate. This challenge is often attributed to ineffective communication between technology providers (scientists and researchers) and end-users (farmers).

To bridge this gap, the DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) and the Livestock Research Division of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) have developed a set of learning modules on Dairy Buffalo Production.

These modules, anchored in participatory approaches, contextual knowledge, and adult learning processes, are deemed more suitable for smallholder farmers. This initiative, known as the “Farmers Livestock School on Dairy Buffalo Production” (FLS-DBP), aims to empower farmers with a basket of technology options.

From November 13-24, 2023, 21 participants from the provinces of Tarlac, Cagayan Valley, Isabela, Quirino, Ifugao, and Apayao completed the 2-week Training of Trainers/Facilitators for the FLS-DBP. The training, held at the DA-Philippine Carabao Center National Headquarters and Gene Pool, equipped the future facilitators with comprehensive knowledge of Dairy Buffalo Production, encompassing topics ranging from Mobilizing Communities for FLS and Raising Healthy and Productive Dairy Buffalo to Participatory Technology Development and Building Enterprises from Buffalo.

The workshop employed unconventional methodologies, emphasizing experimental learning through exercises, games, fieldwork, case analysis, and lecture discussions. This approach aims to enhance the facilitators’ ability to transfer and demonstrate knowledge and technologies in a manner that is easily understandable for farmers, effectively bridging the communication gap between technology providers and the intended users.

These accredited FLS-DBP facilitators are now poised to facilitate 34-week Farmers Livestock Schools on Dairy Buffalo Production in their respective localities. These schools will empower farmers to explore a basket of technology options and learn through experiments and testing, enabling them to identify and adopt the technologies most suited to their local conditions, challenges, resources, and capabilities.

Biotek Para sa Malungtaron nga Kaugmaon: First NBW held in Visayas

โ€œWhy donโ€™t we utilize the best available technology there is in agriculture?โ€
This riveting question was posed by Mr. Adriel Dave โ€œFarmer ADโ€ Alvarez, a Cebu-based farmer, in his message of support for the 19th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration held on November 20-24, 2023 in Cebu City, Cebu.

Undersecretary Mercedita A. Sombillaโ€™s message marked the beginning of week-long festivities for the 19th NBW. Usec. Sombilla said in her opening remarks, โ€œThe DAโ€™s commitment to biotechnology is rooted in our overall vision of a sustainable, inclusive, and globally competitive agricultural sector that can meet the evolving needs of our nationโ€.

Together with the Inter-Agency Steering Committee agencies, partners and participants, there was a ceremonial signing of the โ€œDeclaration of Support for the Advancement of Biotechnology in the Philippinesโ€ wall where they pledged their support.

Following this ceremony is the ribbon cutting of the NBW Exhibit at the Seaview Wing of the SM Seaside Cebu, Cebu City where the DA-Livestock Biotechnology Center (DA-LBC) set up a laboratory for cryopreserved buffalo semen sample viewing for students and booth visitors as one of the main attractions concurrent with the opening of the exhibit.

NBW Snapshot Challenge

The NBW Capture the Moment: Biotech Booth Snapshot challenge ran from November 20-22, 2023, engaging participants from NBW build-up activities of the DA-LBC and exhibit visitors. Four winners were chosen and announced last November 23, 2023.

Biotek Tanong

DA-LBC Booth visitors joined the interactive game titled, โ€œBiotek Tanongโ€ from which they pulled animal biotechnology-related trivia questions from a raffle box, and visitors who answered correctly were given souvenir items.

QuickCArE Test Kit Showcase

The penside diagnostic test kit for the detection of Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis virus of goats developed by the Philippine Carabao Center, was also showcased by technical staff of the DA-LBC in the weeklong exhibit. Actual samples, display and UV box were provided and prepared by Dr. Gabriel Alexis SP. Tubalinal, Head of the Biosafety and Environment Section (BES), Philippine Carabao Center.

7th International Livestock Biotechnology Symposium

A build-up activity of the 19th NBW, the 7th International Livestock Biotechnology Symposium was held last October 18, 2023 in Tagbilaran, Bohol. This activity was attended by over 400 participants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The DA-LBC also set up a pop-up booth during this activity to further promote NBW activities.

Capacity Building Workshop on Molecular Biology and Modern Biotechnology Tools for Livestock Research and Development

Twenty-one participants from the DA Network were trained at the Philippine Carabao Center laboratories from November 6-10, 2023. A series of lectures followed by hands-on application of basic and advanced molecular biology techniques were guided by technical staff of the DA-LBC. This activity is also one of the build-up activities of the DA-LBC for the NBW.
Weeklong activities organized by the DA-Livestock Biotechnology Center together with the DA Biotechnology Program Office and its partner biotechnology agencies, Fisheries Biotechnology Center and the Crop Biotechnology Center align with the overarching theme of the 19th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration, โ€œEmpowering Innovation for a Sustainable Future with Biotechnologyโ€.

Marking the close of the week-long activities, the chairmanship of the 20th National Biotechnology Week was given to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through a ceremonial passing of the NBW flag earlier today, November 24, 2023.