MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, Jan.20 (PIA)–Five enterprises in Misamis Occidental received packaging and labeling assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Misamis Occidental, January 12.
The enterprises include QMR Homemade Food Trading for its soya milk product, 3 Sister Peanut for its peanut butter product, Sibula Farmers’ Cooperative (SIFAMCO) for its coconut water vinegar product, Aloran Federated Women’s Association (AFWA) for its pork tocino product, and Tan Women’s Center (LTWC) for its squash canton noodles.
The enterprises were also beneficiaries of the DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), while the associations are included in the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST)-assisted groups.
Before the intervention, the enterprises used product labels that do not comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.
Through the DOST-10 consultancy and science and technology training services, the five micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) received improvement and development of their product labels and design with the full consideration of FDA mandatory standards.
Each firm received labeling assistance amounting to P10,000 worth of sticker labels that totaled to 5,480 sticker label pieces.
“Dako kayo ni ug natabang sa pag-market sa akong produkto. Salamat kayo DOST (This will be a great help in expanding the market of my products. Thank you so much DOST),” said Noli C. Ondiano, owner of 3 Sisters Peanut Butter.
The labeling assistance aims to give the enterprises a higher edge in market competitiveness through improving product appearance and giving the entrepreneurs a heads-up to being FDA certified. (DOST-MisOcc/PIA Misamis Occidental)