DOST holds training for food processors in Camarines Norte

  • May 17, 2017
  • Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, May 17 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here has conducted trainings on pineapple, pili, and coconut products processing and enhancement on product packaging and labelling.


Marilou J. Belgado, science research specialist said that the training on pineapple, pili and coconut products benefited around 50 students and teachers of Capalonga College.  


The three-day training was composed of lecture and demonstration in which participants were able to produce pineapple wine, pili tart, coconut vinegar and coconut wine.


Belgado said their newly-acquired skill in production would earn for them additional income.


The other training, the enhancement on product packaging and labelling was requested by the Department of Agrarian Reform Camarines Norte Provincial Office in order to assist the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in Camarines Norte.


At least 36 farm workers belonging to at least seven ARBOs and DAR personnel took part in the two-day training.


She said that five ARBOs are engaged in food processing and cosmetic products wherein line agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have previously provided skills training.


It will enable them to meet a precondition under the Food and Drug Administration License to Operate (FDA LTO) which requires appropriate packaging and label designs for products, she said.


Belgado said that among the topics she discussed during the training were Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), labelling and its objective and importance, label information, mandatory requirement areas in label and additional requirements in the label.


The products which were labelled by the participants are instant salabat, ginger brew, soap and lotion with citronella, vinegar, rice coffee, smoked fish or tinapa.


In another vein, she announced that the DOST has a program named One Expert, an interactive web-based nationwide pool of science and technology experts. 


One Expert seeks to provide technical advise and consultancy services to Filipino anywhere in the country. It aims to improve access between experts and people living outside of major urban centers where most research and technical institutions are located.


But for those areas without internet access, the DOST  has its STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic and Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk System which serves the information access portals.


In the province the DOST has already installed STARBOOKS in Labo Science High School, Mabini Colleges, and in four campuses of Camarines Norte State College,.


Belgado urge stakeholders like local government units, schools, non-government organizations to become partners in the setting-up of the STARBOOKS in their locality.


All this was discussed during a recent airing of Talakayan sa PIA over DWCN-Radyo ng Bayan. (EAD/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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