Shared facility boosts food group-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
MATI CITY, Davao Oriental -- The Shared Service Facility (SSF) project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Oriental is seen to boost the productivity of the province's food processing association.
The Davao Oriental Food Processors Association (Dofoods), an organization of 34 local micro food processors, is into processing of fruits jams and jellies, puree and juices, candies, sweetened banana chips, peanut brittle, processed meat and fish products, dairy products, rice-based food products, cacao tablets, and ice cream.
The project, which has a total cost of P1 million, is expected to address production gaps, to wit: limited capitalization which hinders the group to purchase the necessary machines, equipment, and facilities; and absence of upgraded and efficient machines and equipment in the working area which is a requirement to become Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-certified.
DTI-Davao Oriental provincial director Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi said such SSF is the first of its kind being established in Davao Oriental through the “Big Push for SME” initiative of DTI.
"Micro as they are, their vision of establishing a processing center remained a remote chance for them because of its huge investment requirement that is beyond their capacity. A standard processing center is all they need to fill the gap needed to conform with the requirements of food regulating agencies. Thus with the facility in place, food products from Davao Oriental can now compete with other food products in the market in terms of quality, availability and affordability," she said.
The facility, which includes, among others, an electric mixer, fruit depulper, meat grinder, food blender, pressurized cooker, deep fryer, vacuum sealer, and peanut roaster was turned over to Dofoods on July.
Fifty stakeholders, including Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, stood as witnesses to the launching of the "Food Processing Shared Service Facility" at the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology-Human Resource Management (DOSCSCT-HRM) Mini Hotel.
"Our cooperator here is the DOSCST while Dofoods is the beneficiary. That's why we're really glad that DOSCST president Dr. Edito S. Sumile was with us during the launching," Ambi clarified.
Ambi said she's optimistic that the facility will result to more competitive food products that are proudly made from the province.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 03, 2013.