11120084_10152748428027321_722979065743764132_nMarch 27, 2015 marks the 22nd year of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) which converted the whole of the campus in festive mood of activities from March 23-27 (Anniversary Week).

Various activities took place in the different buildings and halls located in the campus. Most of the events were held at the livestock Innovation and Biotechnology (LIB) Complex, Livestock Pavilion and Dairy Buffalo Hub and others at the mini theater.

A tree planting activity took place at the back of the milka krem and Sports Fest Activities at the PCC Grounds near the Helipad.

FIESTA Events were held at simultaneous sessions such as the Product-Exhibition, Cooking Contest, Essay Writing Contest and Photo Contest and exhibition. Advances in Biotechnology and its Application in Livestock Industry were also presented.

A seminar on Social Entrepreneurship, Marketing Strategy, Product Costing and Pricing was held by the Department of Trade and Industry. There was also the Biotech Product Display and Presentation.

Another seminar on Nutrition and Management of Buffaloes and Biogas  for Waste Water Management was also conducted.

A TechnoMart for Silage Production Field Day and “Farmers Field Day on the Community S&T Based Farm Project (CSTBF) on the Preparation and Utilization of Urea Treated Rice Straw (UTRS) as Source of Fodder for Dairy Buffaloes,” also took place.

Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)

The PCC, a certified (ISO 9001/ISO 1400/OHSAS/8001) is under the control and supervision of the Department of Agriculture.

On March 27, 1992 R.A. No. 7307 (Philippine Carabao Act of 1992) was signed into law.

PCC’s intent is to harness potential of Philippine Carabao as source of meat, milk, and hide, to benefit the rural farmers.

On April 11, 1993, PCC started operation under the supervision and control of the Department of Agriculture with its mandate to conserve, propagate and promote the carabao as a source of milk, meat, draft-power, and hide to benefit the rural farmers.

PCC’s mission is to improve the general well-being and competitiveness of the livestock industry stakeholders thru animal biotechnology and technology development, technology dissemination and knowledge resource management-active private sector participation, livestock-based and policy reforms to sustain development of livestock enterprises, thus, ensuring socio-economic empowerment for nation-building.

At present, PCC has 13 regional centers established strategically nationwide in order to serve and reach as many beneficiaries in the Philippines as possible.

The Regional Centers are in Mariano Marcos State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte; Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Rosario La Union; Manila Liason Office in E.D.S.A, Quezon City; Cagayan State University in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Central Luzon State University in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija; and University of the Philippines-Los Banos in Los Banos Laguna.

In the Visayas and Mindanao, the Regional Centers are in West Visayas University in Calinog, Iloilo; La Carlota Stock Farm in La Carlota, Negros Occidental; Mindanao Livestock Production Complex in Kalawit Zamboanga del Norte; University of South Mindanao, Kabacan, North Cotabato; Visayas State University in Baybay City Leyte; Ubag Stock Farm in Ubag, Bohol; Mindanao State University in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur; and Central Mindanao University, Maramag, Bukidnon.

The PCC National Headquarters is the one located in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija. It has 40 hectares compound in CLSU reservation. The facilities are 4-storey building for offices, laboratories, hostel, cafeteria, auditorium, mini training dorm, mini theater, conference hall, housing facilities, for staff members.

stablished in the complex is a national gene pool where a big number of select animals are kept for selection and organized breeding purposes.

It has the Livestock Innovations and Biotechnology Complex, a symbol of the intensified program of the agency  as leading institution in livestock biotechnology.

There is also the National Bull Farm and Semen Processing Center, in Digdig, Carranglan. The center ensures sustainability and quality production of frozen buffalo semen for distribution for artificial insemination (AI).

PCC has a number of programs such as the Genetic Improvement Program. It has the Gene Pool for Swamps Buffalo. There are 84 selected native carabaos for in-situ natural conservation and preservation.

A Gene Pool for Riverine Buffalo (Murrah-based) for milk production, farms for the National Gene Pool. There are lot more to mention about the program for carabaos. But the most important is the result from all those programs, the Products Development available at the milka krem display and sell center of the products developed from carabao milk. (PSciJourn MegaManila)