Quezon City, Philippines – The National Dairy Authority (NDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gabriel L. Lagamayo as the new Administrator. With 26 years of experience in the dairy industry, he has risen through the ranks, from being a roving veterinarian to one of the most respected leaders in the industry.

As the new Administrator, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. His thorough understanding of the dairy industry, combined with his hands-on leadership skills, will be invaluable in guiding the NDA towards its goal of a sustainable, profitable, and productive dairy industry.

He holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation (GAUF) and was also a scholar of the Ateneo School of Governance, a program designed to develop competent and ethical leaders in both the private and public sectors in the Philippines.

He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the Filipino Veterinarian, the official newsletter of the GAUF College of Veterinary Medicine. His professional career began as a young Science Research Assistant at the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).

After the PCC, he joined the NDA as a roving vet assigned to South Luzon, where he also handled the Management Information System in the area.

“A roving vet is the equivalent of a doctor to the barrio, where you have to go from one farm to another and provide veterinary services,” said Lagamayo.

In 2002, he was tasked to handle the Coco Dairy Project of the Quezon Provincial Government in Bondoc Peninsula. In 2012, he was designated to be the OIC of NDA’s South Luzon department.

Through dedication and love for service, he quickly gained a reputation for his expertise and empathy towards dairy farmers.

He is known to be a problem solver, he listens to the problems of the farmers in the field and come up solutions.

“When farmers start sharing their personal lives with you, you know that your relationship with them is on a personal level,” said Lagamayo.

Over the years, he has been instrumental in many of the National Dairy Authority’s initiatives. He has played a crucial role in the development of various programs aimed at improving the quality of milk production, animal welfare, and the overall growth of the dairy industry.

“I never thought I would be an administrator because I didn’t have an ambition to be one. I was too focused on the problems that need to be addressed, providing good services, and building good relationships with the farmers. Back then, I didn’t think I was a good fit to be in the office; I always wanted to be in the field,” said Lagamayo.

Under his leadership, Lagamayo aims to increase the milk production of the country by 5% and further strengthen, expand, and improve NDA’s services to Filipino dairy farmers.