Senators Cynthia Villar and son Senator Mark Villar led the Grand Opening of the Dairy Box in Brgy. Mulawin, Orani, Bataan, Friday morning.
The project is made possible through the initiative of the Office of Senator Cynthia A. Villar in partnership with the Local Government of Orani under the leadership of Mayor Efren “Bondjong” Pascual Jr., the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center, the Provincial Government of Bataan under the leadership of Gov. Joet Garcia, and members & officials of Tapulao Multipurpose Cooperative.
Other guests who witnessed the event were Bataan Board Member Tony Roman III, Provincial Consultants Guding Ferrer and Dr. Bong Galicia, who both represented the Provincial Government, Mulawin Village Chief Marvin Dela Cruz and fellow village chiefs and councilors, Orani Vice Mayor Em Roman and SB Members, officials from Philippine Carabao Center headed by Director Ericson Dela Cruz and local farmers.
Senator Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and Agrarian Reform, in her message, emphasized the importance of the carabao industry in the country and explained why her office invested funds to increase the number of carabao raisers and establish dairy processing facilities to provide milk for the Filipino children.
The first Dairy Box in the province of Bataan was formally opened and turned-over in 2021 by the DA-PCC at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) to the members of Makabagong Agrikultura ng Dinalupihan Marketing Cooperative (MA-DMC) in Brgy. San Ramon, Common Terminal, Dinalupihan, Bataan. The provision is under the Carabao-based Improvement Network (CBIN) Project funded by the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar with assistance from the local government of Orani, Bataan.
The Dairy Box aims to support the local dairy buffalo farmers to market their milk and meat products and provides hope to improve their quality of life.
The Dairy Box offers products full of goodness from carabao’s milk such as: Fresh Buffalos Milk, Yogurt Milk, Ice Cream, Milk Coffee, Kesong Puti, Milky Buns, Pastillas de Leche, and Tapang Kalabaw.