The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center at Central Luzon State University (DA-PCC at CLSU) concludes a two-day training on hygienic milk handling and product processing for 23 female members of the Municipal Federation of Rural Improvements Club (MFRIC) in Brgy. Macapilapil, San Ildefonso, Bulacan on September 11-12.
The requested training is a livelihood initiative of DA Rural-Based Organization (RBO) for hands-on training in the production of kesong puti, chocolate milk, pastillas, and pasteurized milk. Participants are association representatives from a number of Brgy. of San Ildefonso Bulacan.
Kaycelyn Vasallo, the RIC Focal Person, explains that the livelihood initiative provides financial assistance to RIC women members. Following training, the LGU will provide the federation with a livelihood startup package by establishing a Dairy Processing and Marketing Outlet in the city.
Vasallo also expresses the intention of establishing connections with the City’s pasalubong center and inviting other Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to participate in this endeavor. To obtain greater support, the LGU intends to promote these buffalo-based products to the Department of Tourism.
Vasallo added that after the training and successful product processing, RIC will soon begin connecting with DA-PCC carabao recipients in the city. The objective is to purchase the produced milk, which will also secure a market for dairy farmers to sell their milk.
Mayor of San Ildefonso City, Hon. Fernando S. Galvez Jr., asserts that with these initiatives, the city will give its complete support to the livelihood project for women that demonstrates Gender and Development in the city.
The RIC of the Philippines is a non-governmental organization that operates to enhance the living circumstances of its members and to make them effective and productive partners of the government in the community.