1979 - 1995
Batasang Pambansa Bilang 21 was passed. It became known as the Dairy Industry Development Act, and laid down the objectives of milk sufficiency, increase in farmers’ income, and the conservation of foreign reserves.
It created the Philippine Dairy Corporation (PDC) as the lead government dairy agency tasked to carry out these objectives.
The $16 M. Loan Agreement for the Philippine Smallholder Livestock Development Project (SLDP) was signed. The project encouraged smallholders to engage in livestock production to improve their income levels and diversify their employment opportunities. This project also paved the way for the setting up of milk zones in Southern Tagalog and Northern Mindanao.
PDC’s milk buying and activities were suspended.
Senator Agapito A. Aquino introduced Senate Resolution 10.109 that directed the Department of Agriculture and PDC to submit recommendations on the country’s dairy program.
The Medium Term Dairy Development Program (MTLDP) was approved. It aims to correct the heavy dependence on imported dairy products through the establishment of rural-based cooperative-oriented dairy projects. PDC established three new dairy plants in Cebu, Davao and Misamis Oriental.
Support from the private sector increased. The Dairy Development Foundation of the Philippines, the Davao Dairy Development Foundation, and the Dairy Development Foundation in Cagayan de Oro were founded.
Four federations and a multi-purpose cooperative have formed the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines (Dairycon). It is envisioned to serve as a venue for dairy farmers to discuss common goals. It also aims to serve as a centrum wherein the government and the private sector can assist the dairy cooperatives.
The Dairy Development Program Component of the MTADP implemented the setting-up of an integrated dairy modules in four (4) new areas in Region 6 (Pontevedra, Capiz and Manapla, Negros Occidental), Region 8 (Ormoc, Leyte) and Region 11 (Sto. Tomas, Davao).
Alaska becomes a corporation - Alaska Milk Corporation.
Alaska Powdered Milk plant expands its production capacity by 150%. The plant expansion is the company’s response to the consumer acceptance and the continued significant growth of powdered milk in the market.
The National Dairy Development Act of 1995 (RA 7884) was signed into law on February 20, 1995.
It took effect on March 12, 1995, legally creating the National Dairy Authority (NDA). It is tasked to ensure the accelerated development of the Philippine dairy industry.
On July 1995 - Nutrition Month launched by National Nutrition Council (NNC) where milk was the focus of the theme: Buto at ngipin patibayin, gatas ating inumin (For strong bones and teeth, drink milk). It sought to emphasize the importance of milk in everyone’s daily diet and to focus on the status and needs of the local dairy industry.