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Zambo Norte dairy facility gets P1.4-M grant under DOST-9 aid program

KALAWIT, ZDN – The Philippine Carabao Center – Mindanao Livestock Production Center (PCC-MLPC) received P1.4 Million funding assistance from the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) on February 17, 2022.
 
Engr. Mahmud Kingking, DOST-IX Assistant Regional Director, led the fund turn over to Dr. Cecilio Velez, Center Director for PCC-MLPC. Likewise, the event was graced by Kalawit Mayor Salvador Antojado, Jr., PCC’s Ms. Fe Academia, and DOST Zamboanga del Norte Provincial S&T Director Mr. Nuhman Aljani.
 
The project aims to upgrade PCC’s milk processing facility through acquisition of key equipment, thus, paving way for semi-mechanization of dairy processing – from milk collection, pasteurization, and packaging.  The equipment is set to modernize the current manual milk processing operation, further enhancing the product quality and process.
 
“It will help improve our processing facility and become a model for cooperatives or entrepreneurs to benchmark with.” Dr. Velez highlighted. He added that the plan will enable the facility to explore into product development, research and innovation.  PCC-MLPC is an agency attached to the Department of Agriculture (DA), which its mission is to improve the competitiveness of the livestock industry and livestock-based enterprises.

Mr. Aljani affirms that the project intends to ensure the availability of safe and sufficient sources of milk and milk-based products in the region to support the government’s supplemental feeding program.
 
The project is funded through the DOST's local Grant-In-Aid (GIA) program that aims to harness the country's scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development.
 
For more information, contact DOST-IX at (062) 991-1024/ (065) 908-0117/ 212-2244 or visit our website at https://tinyurl.com/3uf9dhfv. To be updated on the latest happenings, please follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DOSTRegion9 (Mark Vincent J. Baliña and Nuhman M. Aljani, PSTC-Zamboanga del Norte)

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Emmanuel Taghoy

Regional Editor

Region 9

Emmanuel Dalman Taghoy is the Information Center Manager of the Zamboanga del Norte Information Center and Executive Assistant for Regional Operations of the Philippine Information Agency IX, the country’s chief information arm under the Office of the President. PIA’s expertise is development communication.

He is the Regional Editor of PIA-IX who also writes news and feature stories for the agency’s website and other social media platforms. He also reports for PTV news.

As the InfoCen Manager for Zamboanga del Norte, he represents PIA in inter-agency meetings and other activities, providing media coverage and other technical assistance to partner agencies.

Having been trained locally and abroad, he serves as lecturer on journalism, public and media relations, social media handling and promotion, among others.

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