The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2, under the adept guidance of Ms. Hideliz Marie A. Laranang, Chief of the Internal Audit Service Division, spearheaded a thorough inspection alongside her team at the Research and Development Dairy Processing Center of Isabela State University-Roxas Campus on April 18, 2023. This meticulous examination delved into every facet of dairy product processing, meticulously tracing the journey from the raw milk source to the meticulously crafted finished products. Each vital piece of equipment, ranging from the pasteurizer to the efficient rubber capping machine, the milk dispenser, the pasteurizer chiller maintaining optimal temperatures, the homogenizer ensuring consistent quality, and the essential raw milk cooling tank, underwent thorough scrutiny and evaluation.

Dr. Janet Cunanan, the esteemed Director for Research and Development, collaborated closely with Mr. Ronald Ponce, the dedicated person-in-charge of the dairy center, to address the auditors’ inquiries with transparency and efficiency, facilitating a seamless inspection process. Despite grappling with challenges such as manpower shortages and current supply constraints, the institution demonstrated unwavering resolve in seeking viable solutions, bolstered by invaluable external support from the DTI, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Local Government Unit (LGU) of Roxas, and various governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Dr. Rosalyn L. Bautista, the esteemed Campus Administrator of ISUR, took great pride in presenting the dairy center’s diverse products to the auditors. From the creamy indulgence of pasteurized milk to the artisanal allure of cheeses, and the delightful variety of ice creams and pastillas, each offering bore testament to the center’s commitment to excellence. Dr. Bautista also shared exciting developments, including plans to introduce cream dory-flavored ice cream alongside their existing tomato and mulberry-flavored selections, with future endeavors set to establish a mango center in the vibrant Mallig Region.

Post-inspection, ISUR graciously extended an invitation for visitors to partake in sampling the Dairy Center’s delectable offerings, fostering a memorable sensory experience. Furthermore, guests were treated to an immersive tour of the ISUR AgriTech site, providing firsthand insight into the meticulous cultivation practices employed within the lush mango plantation. The auditors departed with a profound appreciation for the institution’s multifaceted income-generating endeavors, recognizing ISUR’s pivotal role in fostering innovation and economic growth within the region.

The inspection at the Research and Development Dairy Processing Center of ISUR not only showcased operational efficiency but also underscored the institution’s alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure). By prioritizing innovation and industry development, ISUR contributes to economic growth not only locally but also on a broader scale. Moreover, the center’s commitment to responsible consumption and production, as evidenced by its sustainable practices and diverse product offerings, aligns with SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Through collaborative efforts and partnerships with various stakeholders, ISUR exemplifies SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), showcasing the importance of collective action in achieving sustainable development.