The Provincial Government of Catanduanes and the Catanduanes State University signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of Cow Dairy Farm Project at the Office of the Governor, Conference Room on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.
The Dairy Project is said to start with ten (10) cows and the milk that will be extracted from the cows will be distributed to the malnourished children through the sustainable feeding program to give solution to the prevalent malnutrition in the province.
In his short message read by Provincial Administrator Lemuel Surtida, Governor Joseph “Boboy” Cua highlighted healthcare as one of the most important pillars that form any community and nation.
According to the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Catanduanes has had the highest malnutrition rate in the entire Bicol Region, since 2015.Thus, Gov. Cua through Provincial Administrator Surtida assures the people of Catanduanes that the local government prioritizes programs that combat malnutrition.
“This agricultural program will also serve as an avenue for our province to test and experiment the feasibility of dairy farm technology and training centers here in our province, and if possible, further develops it as export products,” he added.
The Governor assured his unwavering support to any programs and activities that supports the nutritional well-being of every Catandunganon.
Meanwhile, Dr. Minerva Morales, SUC President III of CSU expressed her enthusiasm with the partnership as it will boost the program and facilities of the College of Agriculture now that it offers Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry.
“I just want to assure everyone that we will be true to the provisions of the MOA. We will do our best to carry on and support the objective of the program,”Dr. Morales added.
“We’re always saying that Catanduanes State University is the heart for a progressive province of Catanduanes, and the values that beats the temple of development and the conscience that starts peace and harmony and I think, through the noble objectives of the program, it is leading towards that direction,” she said further.
Dr. Morales also commended Gov. Cua, as she considered the project as one of his legacies in the province which manifests concern for his constituents.
Present also in the event were Dr. Epifanio Rubio, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries, members of the Dairy Project Action Team, personnel from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturists (OPAg) and representatives of other concerned offices.