Limay wine production gets support from prov'l government
By Gilda V. Llames
Balanga, Bataan (21 August) -- The production of wine by an entrepreneur from Duale, Limay, received a much-needed shot in the arm with the release recently of a P132,937 financial assistance from the provincial government of Bataan.
According to Rosalie V. Ona, chief of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bataan, the non-interest loan provided by the provincial government to Rosario M. Villaviray will be used to upgrade and standardize wine produced from cashew, duhat and bignay.
Villaviray or Aling Chayong, as she is known in Duale, started her cashew processing business in 1997 as a project of the Limay Rural Improvement Club (RIC).
As the incumbent president of RIC during that time, Aling Chayong was able to secure several loans from different government institutions that served as her working capital.
The Bureau of Post Harvest Research and Extension (BPRE) also assisted Villaviray by providing her with cashew nut shellers, charcoal-fed oven and other equipment needed in the processing of cashew nuts.
The BPRE, Ona said, likewise taught Aling Chayong how to process cashew apples into prunes and wine.
Due to brisk sales and good management of her firm, Villaviray was able to settle all her loans easily, Ona pointed out.
It was in 2000 when Aling Chayong decided to venture into the commercial production of cashew wine.
Recognizing the market potential of fruit wines, Villaviray soon expanded her wine production venture to include duhat and bignay that also grow abundantly not only in Limay but also in other towns of Bataan like Mariveles, Bagac, Morong and Dinalupihan.
Compared to her processed cashew nuts which Aling Chayong describes as giving her "good sales", income from her fruit wines was not as profitable.
For bottling purpose, the firm uses recycled bottles like "lapad"; sediments form at the bottom of the wines during storage and improvements have to be made in the label Aling Chayong uses-these are the major problems identified in her wine production business.
A failed negotiation in 2003 with a prospective wine trader from Germany also fired Aling Chayong's interest for the improvement of her wines so that she could eventually penetrate the export market.
At present, Villaviray's dream of having her fruit wines upgraded and standardized so that they could be at par with the world's best has started to materialize with the approval of her loan application by Governor Enrique T. Garcia Jr.
The project, to be jointly managed by the DOST and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) aims to:
Introduce wine fermentation kit for wine making specifically for fermentation and aging process;
Upgrade the process through improved filtration and racking procedure;
Acquire quality control instruments and other measuring devices; and
Introduce appropriate packaging materials and develop a new label design. (PIA-Bataan) [top]