The University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) reinforced its long-standing partnership with the signing of a memorandum of partnership and cooperation in extension and research on February 3 at UP Los Baños (UPLB). Signatories were UP President Danilo Concepcion and Caro Salces, PCC Officer-in-Charge Executive Director. UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho Jr., and Thelma Saludes, PCC at UPLB Center Director, served as witnesses.
Among the provisions in the memorandum is the allotment of P3 million by PCC each year to fund “development research and collaborative projects with UP”. PCC will also serve as an “extension arm of UPLB in the field of ruminant livestock production and management, particularly in dairy and meat buffalo production, and buffalo-based enterprise development”. For the use of UPLB’s administrative facilities, PCC will pay an annual administrative cost of P650,000. The contract is effective until the end of 2030.
PCC at UPLB was one of the first regional centers established in accordance with Republic Act No. 7307 or the Philippine Carabao Act of 1992. This law also provides that the UPLB chancellor sit as a member of the PCC Advisory Board. PCC at UPLB currently utilizes a total of 58,233 square meters of land for its administration and extension office, gene pool facilities, and milk processing plant and milk outlet.