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CAReESME Multi-Purpose Coop launches Product Quality Seal

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (21 November) -- The Cordillera Small and Medium Enterprise (CAReSME) Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health-Bureau of Food and Drugs, Department of Science and Technology and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), last week launched Product Quality Seal.

CAReSME MPC Board of Directors and NADUMA Enterprise Proprietor Lisa Calalo explained that their quality seal was formulated "with the sincere thought of being able to give and ensure high standard and quality goods to the consumer". It also aims to safeguard the consumer and the integrity of the cooperative, she added.

According to Calalo, there are strict policy and guidelines for the issuance of their Quality Seal, which include documentary requirements and plant visit evaluation. Documentary requirements are DTI registration, Certificate of Laboratory Analysis, BFAD LTO permit and a valid Employee Health Certificates.

For the Plant Visit evaluation, Calalo explained that at least four CAReSME members should be present and each evaluator should have given 90 points each on their standard form evaluation before a certain food product will be passed. In the evaluation form, a maximum rate of 35 points is given to the existing physical condition of the processing plant, 15 points on product labeling, 35 points on product quality and 15 points on product packaging.

DTI Division chief Remedios Magno lauded CAReSME for coming out with a Product Quality Seal whose registration is already submitted to the Intellectual Propriety Office (IPO). According to Magno, DTI has approved the seal and has printed the first batch.

Magno assured that their department will continue giving assistance to SMEs by advocating their products as she announced that CAReSME products will also have a booth on the IMPAKABSAT Regional Trade Fair on November 19-23 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Remegio Basilan, DOH-BFAD representative, the CAReSME seal would be a big help, especially in protecting the safety and welfare of consumers by ensuring a high standard quality of food products. He also assured that they will also start pulling out unregistered product in the market, with the help of the CONSUMERNET and the media.

Meantime, Dr Nancy Bantog of DOST assured that their office will always be available to support the SMEs, as she also announced that they are continuously upgrading their regional laboratory equipments for this cause.

Ma Theresa Agustin of the DAP also lauded CAReSME's Product Quality Seal saying they are proud and happy for the pioneering effort of the said SME group and their seal is very good point for replication in the other regions.

Other CAReSME officials who attended the launching were CAReSME MPC chair Thaddeus Bernardo, Winer's proprietor Arthur Angway, JASON's proprietor Maria Que, Dir Edmund Benavidez of SLU-EISSIF, Angie Dela Cruz Reyes of Tartland Pasarabo and Isidro Dela Cruz Jr of Baguio Sweets Enterprises. (PIA) [top]

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