Recognizing the 7 million chicken eggs it produces daily, Senator Cynthia Villar wants to declare the town of San Jose in the province of Batangas as the “Egg Basket of the Philippines”.
Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on Agriculture and Food, filed Senate Bill No. 2044 or “An Act Declaring the Municipality of San Jose in the Province of Batangas as the Egg Basket of the Philippines” in order to support her proposal.
In the proposed measure, the seasoned legislator cited the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report showing that of the 49.09,000 metric tons of eggs coming from CALABARZON region, 705 metric tons of eggs are from San Jose, Batangas on a daily basis.
The PSA report also indicated that about 150.29,000 metric tons of eggs were produced from January to March last year.
“San Jose produces 705 metric tons of chicken eggs daily.”
The Batangas Egg Producers Association also estimates that San Jose produces 705 metric tons of chicken eggs daily.
As of June 2020, there are more than 342 registered independent poultry in San Jose.
It was reported that egg production in San Jose started as a backyard industry during the 60s.
Overtime, egg farmers from this town evolved into agripreneurs through the help of innovative agricultural practices.
Amid the challenges, including the oversupply of eggs in 2009, egg farmers of the town, through the leadership of Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO), developed new products from eggs like liquid and frozen eggs.
In 2017, when the industry was besieged by bird flu infestation, which adversely affected the livelihood of the San Jose egg farmers, a collaboration was entered into between BEPCO, the University of the Philippines Diliman, and the Department of Science and Technology, under the Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy Program (CRADLE) to figure out what can be done with the surplus of eggs.
This collaboration resulted in the development of egg white powder which is ideal for baking cakes and breads. It can also be used in making mayonnaise and meringue.
Through the concerted efforts of the San Jose egg farmers, their egg industry continues to be the source of increased income which generated thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
San Jose, a first class municipality, celebrates “World Egg Day” annually during the month of October to spur egg consumption in the country and to enhance the industry’s production and marketing efficiency.
In 2016, the town even attempted to set a Guinness record for the longest line of fresh chicken eggs in trays – around 6,000 eggs were placed along the 2-km stretch of Macalintal Avenue.
“Eggs can help boost our immune system.”
During this time of pandemic wherein we are facing a health crisis due to COVID-19, the veteran legislator noted that eggs can help boost our immune system.
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods, a very good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein and other nutrients.