USC KNN provides grants to 18 hog raisers

Grant-giving ceremony for Municipality of Alegria HogPreneurs with USC team led by (seated from left to right) BA faculty member Ethel Dicdican, Project Leader Ivy Jumao-as, SBE Assistant Dean Dr. Melanie B. de Ocampo, Community Extension Director Brenette Abrenica, Assistant VPAA Fr. Roger Bag-ao, SVD, USC KNN President Carmen Piramide, DOLE representative Dulce Timtim, Anita Gaanan (USC KNN), incoming USC SBE Alumni President Ronald Po, USC Alumni Affairs Director Ferdinand Boncayao, and Maylene Atillo (USC KNN), (standing) SBE CES Coordinator Zanida Confesor (6th from left), and BA faculty member Dr. Lauro Silapan Jr. (5th from left).

Eighteen hog raisers from the Municipality of Alegria received additional financial capital from USC’s Kapamilya Negosyo Na (USC KNN) last July 6, 2018.

The grant giving ceremony was made possible through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)—Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program. The hog raisers, called by the USC School of Business and Economics (SBE) as “HogPreneurs” have received several trainings for the last four years from the SBE in functional business areas of marketing, operations, finance, and human resources management while advocating the organic hog farming method of the municipality’s partner NGO, the St. Peter Academy of Alegria Foundation Incorporated (SPAAFI).

SBE’s engagement with the Municipality of Alegria through Hon. Mayor Verna Magallon started with the conduct of two researches, one on supply chain of livestock led by Dr. Lauro Silapan Jr. and another on the effectiveness of the “Korean style” organic hog farming led by Angelo Burdeos. Results of both researches have been utilized in the municipality particularly in promoting organic hog farming to other hog raisers in the community.

Faculty members from the Department of Business Administration led by its Project Leader Ivy Jumao-as developed a three-year Entrepreneurial Community Extension Program aiming for sustainable organic hog raising.

The ceremony highlighted collaboration, in this case between SBE faculty and students, the Municipality of Alegria (LGU), SPAAFI (NGO), SBE Alumni Association Inc. and USC KNN (alumni), and DOLE (state agency), as the key to successfully engage beneficiaries.

by Dr. Melanie B. de Ocampo, SBE Assistant Dean

Tags: Business and Economics, Community Extension

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