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Dairy Box Project to rise in Plaridel town   

PLARIDEL, Misamis Occidental (PIA)—Preparations are underway for the planned of Carabao-Based Business Improvement Network (CBIN) project in the Province of Misamis Occidental.

The Philippine Carabao Center headed by PCC Musuan Bukidnon Center Director and Plaridel Mayor Gadwin Handumon together with PMPC Chairperson Eda Tanya Chupuico-Lee and CBIN Project, National Focal Person Paul Andrew Texon lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dairy Box Project in Plaridel. (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)

The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center in partnership with Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative, LGU Plaridel, and the Province of Misamis Occidental held the groundbreaking ceremony and signing of Tripartite MOA of Carabao-Based Business Improvement Network (CBIN) project 2021, July 25 at Calacaan Plaridel, here.

With the help of this Dairy Box Project, farmers would be able to market and sell their nutritious and healthy carabao milk products.

The project aims to ensure the availability of locally produced milk in support of RA 11037 to help address the problem of undernutrition among school children.

Mayor Gadwin E. Handumon expressed his gratitude for being part of the project, a welcome development for the Municipality of Plaridel, and a challenge to the beneficiaries.

Signing of Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement of Carabao-Based Business Improvement Network (CBIN) project in the province of Misamis Occidental. (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)

“Atong paningkamutan ug dili nato sayangan ang gihatag sa atoa. We will produce milk para sa atong mga kabataan. Daghan kaayo ang challenges, issues and concerns ang atong giatubang just to materialize this kind of project. Kini nga opportunity nga gihatag sa atong pangagamhanan atong i-maximize ug magtinabangay tang tanan,” the mayor said.

(Let’s try and we should not waste what is given to us. We will produce milk for our children. We are facing many challenges, issues and concerns just to materialize this kind of project. Let’s maximize this opportunity given by our government and let’s all work together)

As for the project rationale, Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon Center Director Dr. Lowell Paraguas shared that the Carabao-Based Business Improvement Network (CBIN) project or popularly known as “Accelerating Livelihood and Assets Buildup (ALAB)-Karbawan” is implemented by DA-PCC and funded by the Office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform Chairperson Senator Cynthia Villar, which aims to support carabao value chain stakeholders, particularly carabao keepers.

PCC- Musuan Bukidnon Center Director Dr. Lowell Paraguas also said the very purpose of CBIN project is to alleviate or increase income of the farmers and also improve the health condition of the malnourished children.

“Kami sa PCC, we are pushing for the provincial dairy development program nga naa unta ni nga program sa probinsya nga ma-fundingan aron mas kusog ug mas lig-on ka’y what we envision dili lang dinhi sa Plaridel ma-duplicate ni sa ubang lungsod,” he said.

(We in the PCC, we are pushing for the provincial dairy development program that should have in the province to be funded because what we envision is not only here in Plaridel but it can be duplicated in other towns)

Meanwhile, CBIN Project, National Focal Person Paul Andrew Texon challenged Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Plaridelians to be a model of this program.

“Ito pong programang ito ay market driven. Ito po ay napakalaking challenge hindi lang sa Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative of course sa buong munisipyo ng Plaridel na kayo po ang magiging modelo sa Misamis Occidental. This is a very big challenge of course but a very big opportunity as well. I-claim po natin na mag-succeed tayo,” he said.

(This program is market driven. This is a huge challenge not only in Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative of course in the entire municipality of Plaridel that you will be the model in Misamis Occidental. This is a very big challenge of course but a very big opportunity as well. Let’s claim that we will succeed)

Board of Directors, Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative Chairperson Eda Tanya Chupuico-Lee said this project will give significant contribution to the agri-business industry and good news for the carabao farmers to address malnutrition.

This project will be the first in the Province of Misamis Occidental and will be completed in 90 days and will be operational as soon as there is milk in Plaridel town. (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)

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