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HRM STUDENTS’ ECOTOURISM PROJECT HITS HACIENDA MACALAUAN
Article by: Prof. James Ronald O. Mesina
Last May 19, 2008, the HRM students of Malayan Colleges Laguna visited the Hacienda Macalauan in Barrio Mabacan, Calauan, Laguna. Hacienda Macalauan is a dairy farm where cows with imported breed from New Zealand are raised to produce milk and other dairy products.
The educational tour was a significant part of HRM students’ Tourism class under Prof. Fideliz Josefa Baylon, and SS-013: Economics, Taxation and Agrarian Reform course under Prof. James Ronald Mesina.
The Hacienda is dubbed as the dairy capital of Laguna.
The group arrived in the farm early at 7:30 AM for the farm tour. At 8:00, the tour guide gave a short orientation to the students. The group then proceeded to the milking den where students were given the chance to hand milk the cows. Each cow is normally producing up to 30 liters of milk in a day with two milking sessions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
After the hand milking session, the group proceeded to the processing plant of milk and dairy products. The students are given a glimpse of how the products of the Hacienda are processed.
The Hacienda produces fresh milk, choco milk, white cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.
After the tour at the processing plant, the students are oriented with how the Hacienda is operated. This highlights how agriculture can really be a booster of the local economy by making jobs available for the local people, and maximizing the local resources to produce marketable and saleable goods and services. This also highlights the idea that local products are really competitive with imported ones if only resources will be maximized efficiently.
The students were joined by Prof. Mesina, Prof. Baylon and Miss Noreen Gusi of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.