Davao food processors get help from DTI

Subscribe Now July 09, 2013 at 09:28am

THE Department of Trade and Industry-Davao (DTI 11) will extend some P900,000 worth of food processing equipment to the Food Processors Association of Davao (FPAD), a trade official said Monday.

Teolulo Pasawa, director of DTI-11, said that it is part of the Shared-Services Facility (SSF) program of DTI.

He said the agency will provide metal detector and band sealing which will be used for the improvement and development of food products processed by the association, at the same time to also improve its packaging.

The food processing equipment will be utilized by the Product Innovation Center at Philippine Women's College (PWC) in Matina.

The center is also expected to offer ideas through technological innovation on how food processors can improve the quality of their products.

But Pasawa noted that the building where the center will be placed has to start its construction, although a memorandum of agreement had already been signed last May, this year between the parties involved for the construction of the facility.

Aside from DTI, the Department of Science and Technology-Davao (DOST 11) will also extend assistance to FPAD.

He said that PWC is also planning to use the facility as training ground for students taking up food technology courses.

The facility is expected to cater to the needs of FPAD members, now numbering from 40 to 50 in the city alone.

But Pasa assured that the center will also be made available to all food processors with legitimate business.

Pasawa said that they are targeting to turn over the equipment to the association within two months.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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