DOST helps food processors acquire labels
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (8 October) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has been a consistent partner of the small and medium entrepreneurs in Capiz.
Provincial head Lea Tabligan of DOST Capiz said that eight food processors in the province recently availed of the label design development assistance of said agency.
Tabligan said that mostly of the beneficiaries to the technology program on packaging and labeling design were the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who were organized into cooperatives.
She added that other beneficiaries are also small and medium entrepreneurs on muscovado sugar, processed meat, butterscotch and other food processing activities.
Under said program assistance, the beneficiaries were provided free 500 pieces printed label and free label design, particularly on concept development, Tabligan said.
Among those who availed of said program are the Meat Pointe Agri Food Mart, Parian Sugar Planters Association, Good Nature Enterprises, CAMMA Small Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, Progressive Women ARB Multipurpose Cooperative, Agdahon MPC, 6C Food Products and Panulce Cakes and Pastries.
Through the packaging and labeling technology assistance of DOST, small businessmen would be able to upgrade their packaging system, product quality and would become globally competitive.
Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro pointed out that technology assistance has been one of its consistent and sustainable programs as it has assisted more than 35,000 companies all over the country since 2002.
Aside from label designing and packaging assistance, DOST's interventions include consultancy, training, chemical specifications, manpower recruitment, microbiological tests, assistance for technology purchase and process improvement, Alabastro said. (PIA) [top]