Center Director Benjamin John C. Basilio of the Philippine Carabao Center at the University of Southern Mindanao (PCC-USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato was honored as an “Outstanding Alumnus” in the field of administration during the 61st USM Foundation Anniversary held October 1.
Basilio earned his BS and MS degrees at USM in 1983 and 1994, respectively.
He was recognized for his unrelenting efforts as PCC-USM center director aimed at improving the breed of the Philippine Carabao and serving as a catalyst in carrying out his administrative functions to the satisfaction of his constituents and for leading the center in meeting its goals as part of the PCC network of regional centers.
“His extensive collaboration with line agencies to speed up the implementation of the basic services for artificial insemination, bull loan program, technical assistance, trainings, carabao-based enterprise development, and coordination with LGUs, NGOs and farmer-cooperatives to expedite carabao development in Regions 11, 12 and ARMM has brought honors to his alma mater”, the citation stated.
In an interview, Basilio said that he dedicates the award to the whole PCC family. At the same time, he expressed gratitude for the support given him in pursuing the advocacy of promoting carabao development in the context of overall efforts aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of small-hold farming families.
Atty. Christoper B. Cabelin, USM OIC-president, and Rep. Nancy A. Catamco of the 2nd congressional district of North Cotabato led the awarding ceremony held at the university’s Pres. Asinas Amphitheater.