The Bantog Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BSNMPC), regional winner of the medium agri-business category in the Ilocos Region, emerged as a national finalist during the 2023 Productivity Olympics awarding ceremony held at Crowne Plaza Galleria in Ortigas City on October 19.
The Productivity Olympics is a national and biennial competition organized by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) in coordination with Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) nationwide under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Said competition aims to promote productivity, stimulate healthy and positive competition, and recognize the best micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in terms of productivity.
Enterprises were evaluated based on business excellence, employee engagement, innovation and green programs, and corporate social responsibility.
According to Rolly Mateo, Sr., BSNMPC’s chairperson, they are happy to win the regional level, but overjoyed to know that they made it to the national finals. Mateo said they were admittedly not ready for the competition but the recognition made them even stronger as a group as they were made aware of aspects that they still need to improve on.
Mateo also extended his utmost gratitude to the DA-Philippine Carabao Center for being the co-op’s consistent enabler and supporter.
“Syempre po […] gusto kong magpasalamat sa DA-PCC kasi sila naman talaga ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito ngayon,” he said.
Through the DA-PCC’s collaboration with DepEd and DSWD for the Milk Feeding Program, the assisted cooperative has been actively supplying carabao’s milk from 2020 to the present, amounting to PHP177 million worth of milk supplied for the program.
Aside from milk-based products they offer, such as fresh, pasteurized, and chocolate milk, flavored yogurt milk drinks, polvoron, espasol, and pastillas de leche, BSNMPC has also ventured into marketing carabao’s meat such as karabeef bulalo, skinless longganisa, and tapa in chili garlic and sweet & spicy flavors to step-up into the growing industry.
All their dairy buffalo products are available at their Dairy Box outlet located in Bantog, Asingan, Pangasinan.
BSNMPC is one of the DA-Philippine Carabao Center at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University ‘s (DA-PCC at DMMMSU) assisted cooperatives.