The summer capital of the Philippines hosted the three-day 15th Dairy Congress and Expo at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza, Magsaysay Road, Baguio City from May 16 to 18, 2012. Delegates from the different parts of the country convened at the registration area on the morning of the first day including the prominent guests and speakers: New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore; Danilo V. Fausto, National Chairman, DairyCon; Mr. Philip Shull, Agricultural Counsellor, USDA-FAS; Rep. Mark Mendoza, Chairman, Committee of Food and Agriculture of the House of Representatives; Former Senator Leticia Shahani; Hon. Davinio Catbagan, DA Asst. Secretary; Ms. Grace Cenas, National Dairy Authority Administrator; and Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, Congress Director.
The focus of the nationwide convention is to be able to magnify the locally produced milk in the country that is guaranteed to be fresh and not reconstituted as this year’s theme, “Gatas Pinoy: Paunlarin, Tangkilikin, Palaganapin!”, want to define.
The colonial mentality of consumers which tend to favor imported products over domestic ones thinking that it is a better product is a state of mind that must be transcended. On the display racks, shoppers often will choose milk that is imported, reconstituted and at a higher price than Philippine produced milk that is cheaper, healthier and fresher. Intervention from the media is urgently needed to neutralize this particular reasoning. The voice of the media has an immense impact in explaining to the consumers the advantages of Filipino milk compared to imported products.
5th District Representative, Kimi Cojuangco, strongly advocates that all school children in the country be given a free daily sustenance of fresh milk to help them grow healthy and strong because she believes that a progressive community starts with healthy constituents. It is also her hard line request in congress to incorporate milk in the many feeding programs of the government.
Representative Cojuangco is grateful that the 5th District of Pangasinan Dairy Farm was chosen as the final venue of the 15th Dairy Congress and Expo.
Kindly click on the following link for her message: https://5thdistrictpangasinan.com/2012/05/12/rep-kimi-cojuangco-message-for-dairy-congress-expo-2012/
Six beautiful buses from the provincial government of Pangasinan, courtesy of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. were sent to fetch the delegates from Baguio City to the 5th District of Pangasinan Dairy Farm which is located in barangay Maraboc, Laoac, Pangasinan.
Upon arrival, everyone was fascinated to see one if not the biggest dairy farm in the country. Foremost that caught everyone’s attention were the four gargantuan silos where the silages are kept. The delegates were divided into six groups with each assigned a guide for the tour around the farm. The milking cows and the huge barns that housed them also became a tourist’s attraction.
The sumptuous lunch was served in time, courtesy of the Congress Director, Mr. Mark Cojuangco. After the meal, everyone was given the chance in the raffle draw where grand prizes were given away sponsored by ABONO Party List and SMART Telecommunications.