What was once the site of the old BAI National Slaughterhouse at Marulas, Valenzuela, became the base of the Animal Products Development Center (APDC) of the Bureau of Animal Industry. Formerly called the Animal Products and By-Products Training Center (APBPTC), the APDC started as a foreign assisted project between the Government of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNDP-FAO). Right from its inauguration in 1992, APDC actively pursued its working mandate to support the growth of the meat and slaughter by-products industry through training, development and extension of appropriate technology, leading to improved methods of handling, processing and utilization of animal products and by-products.
Due to its existing facilities and expertise, APDC hosted a Regional Project on, “Meat Commodity Diversification and Upgrading of Meat Processing Technologies in Asia-Pacific” from 2003 to 2006. The project was a joint undertaking of the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the German Centrum for International Migration and Development (CIM) and the Government of the Philippines (GOP).
With the project, a meat training and development network in the Asia and Pacific region was established with its main center at APDC and satellite centers in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Samoa. Under the project, center facilities were upgraded, small-scale equipment and tools were developed and tested, meat products developed and promoted, training programs initiated and conducted and a pilot integrated waste management scheme developed.
APDC continues to pursue the above activities catering to the needs of people from the private and public sectors of the meat industry, especially those from the small and medium scale operations, in the country and interested countries of the Asia-Pacific.
A. MAIN BUILDING
- Slaughterhouse with Holding Pens
- Cutting/Deboning Room
- Quality Control Laboratory
- Meat Processing Plant
- Administrative Office
- Session Room Canteen
C. BY-PRODUCTS PLANT
1. AWARENESS SEMINAR ON SLAUGHTERINGTECHNIQUES FOR PIGS/CATTLE
Knowledge on appropriate animal slaughtering techniques including hygiene and sanitation, safe work practices, humane handling of food animals and waste management.
Target Participants*: Any interested individual
2. PIG SLAUGHTERING AND PORK CUTTING
Knowledge and skills on humane and hygienic slaughtering of pigs and appropriate pork cutting.
Target Participants*: Any interested individual
3. BASIC SLAUGHTER TECHNIQUES FOR PIGS/CATTLE
Basic knowledge and skills on appropriate animal slaughtering techniques.
Target Participants*: Butchers
4. MEAT PROCESSING (Basic Course and Sausage Manufacture)
Knowledge and skills on meat processing, packaging, storage, quality control and marketing of meat and meat products.
Target Participants* Meat vendors, meat dealers, meat plant workers, prospective entrepreneurs, any interested individual
5. MEAT CUTTING (PORK/BEEF)
Knowledge and skills on Meat Cutting, Handling, Hygiene and Sanitation Practices.
Target Participants*: Meat shop owners, meat processors, butchers, meat vendors, any interested individual
6. UTILIZATION OF FISH/FROG SKINS AS ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF LEATHER
Knowledge and skills on tanning technology of fish and frog skins as alternative source of leather.
Target Participants: Any interested individual/prospective entrepreneurs
*Mandatory submission of health certificate before training
7. TAILOR-MADE COURSES/PLANT VISITS/OJT
The center also accepts requests for tailor-made courses (based on the training needs of the client), plant visits, and on-the-job training for practicum students.
B. RESEARCH AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
1. Studies on appropriate cutting schemes for food animal carcasses.
2. Development of new product lines using different types of meat (pork, beef, buffalo, chicken, ostrich, duck, chevon, etc.), low cost meat products using meat extenders and meat additives, as well as lite products with low sodium and fat content.
3. Studies on the different tanning techniques for various skins, and utilization of leather wastes for secondary products, e.g. hand-made paper
4. Development of simple techniques on the appropriate utilization of animal by-products and waste management.
5. Collaborative researches are conducted with other institutions, organizations and farms, i.e., state universities, NGOs on carcass evaluation, fabrication and further processing.
C. ADVISORY SERVICES
Technical assistance advisory services are extended to interested parties in the field of slaughtering, meat fabrication, meat processing, tanning and by-products utilization.
1. Slaughterhouse Unit offers the following technical services:
- appropriate hygienic and humane slaughtering methods for various animal species, e.g., Wagyu Cattle, Ostrich, Turkey, and Goat Upgrades
- carcass evaluation with the Quality Control Unit
- appropriate fabrication schemes and packaging of fresh meat cuts for value-adding
2. Meat Processing Unit offers the following technical services to clients:
- testing of functional ingredients used in meat processing – New ingredients introduced to the meat industry are being brought to APDC for testing their effectiveness in a small scale processing unit. This gives the client an idea of the cost-benefit of the new product.
- formulation of recipes suited to the requirements of the client – A basic recipe either from APDC or from the clients themselves are being tested and revised, as the need arises. In some instances, a benchmarking is done on existing products in the market.
- assistance in sourcing of suppliers/fabricators of equipment and ingredients – a list of suppliers and fabricators is available at APDC upon the request of clients
3. Advisory services are given to prospective entrepreneurs interested to put up slaughterhouses, meat shops, and meat processing plants, which includes design of facilities, equipment requirement, operations, manpower and training requirements.
APDC operates its slaughterhouse and meat/skins processing plants, for selected clients as support to research, training & extension activities, i.e. slaughtering, meat fabrication, meat processing and tanning
Truly, APDC has come of age from what was once a two-year project to what it is now – a Center of Excellence in the grooming and rearing of future meat industry workforce to contribute in promoting the welfare of the livestock and meat industries in the Philippines.