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March 28, 1979

MANILA, March 28 — On March 28, 1979, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed into law Cabinet Bill No. 15 also known as the Dairy Industry Development Act of 1979, meant to accelerate the production, processing, marketing and distribution of local milk products.

It created the Philippine Dairy Corporation (PDC) as the lead government dairy agency tasked to carry out these objectives.

Subsequently, 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.

In July 1995, Nutrition Month was 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.

Also on this same day in 1996, President Fidel V. Ramos signed into law several Republic Acts, namely RA 8179 liberalizing the entry of foreign investments, RA 8180 deregulating the downstream oil industry, RA 8178 removing all restrictions on corn and other agricultural and meat products in compliance with the General Tariffs and Trade or GATT, and RA 8181, a new taxing system. (PNA)

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