In its aim to further enhance quality and develop the local products of Cavite, the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO), with assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), conducted a product clinic for MSMEs under food category for aspiring entrepreneurs from different cities and municipalities of the province on March 15, 2019 at Cavite Cooperative Development Center in Trece Martires City.

Entrepreneurial Division Head, Ms. Liza C. Gabatan oriented the participants on the activity overview and assured everyone that PCLEDO will always be of help to the MSMEs for the development of their products. Likewise, DOST-Cavite Provincial Director Engr. Raul D. Castañeda mentioned DOST’s willingness to support local entrepreneurs through the provision of small equipment that can contribute to production upgrade and pointed out the livelihood opportunities that can be obtained from trash. In his message, OIC-PCLEDO Atty. Khervy B. Reyes encouraged the participants to become members of cooperative and shared insights on how a well -developed product could lead to a long-lasting business.

Consultation covers the discussion on Product Quality led by Mr. Alex M. Palomo of DOST-FNRI and Ms. Lyn F. Aggangan of DOST-CALABARZON; Packaging Material by Ms. Grace D. Noceja of DOST-ITDI and Ms. Ana Maria Veronica A. Solano of DLS-CSB; and Label Design by Mr. Jaime Zeus Agustin of DLSU-URO. During the consultation, the participants learned from the experts several important points on product weaknesses, proper labelling design, appropriate packaging and recommendations for the development of products.

Meanwhile, seminar on Food Safety and Current Good Manufacturing Practices was tackled by Mr. Patrick Glenn C. Ilano, Assistant Professor II, Cavite State University-Indang and Member of the Regional Food Safety Team. The topic focused on sanitation, personal hygiene and proper procedure of handling and processing of food products to avoid contamination. Mr. Andrew Delos Angeles, FDRO II talked about the Food and Drug Administration guidelines on Licensing Requirements elaborating the steps and procedures to acquire a license. This was followed by the discussion on food labelling, registration requirements and step by step procedure delivered by Ms. Givinia Tuason, FDRO II.

In closing, certificate of appreciation to the consultants and certificate of participation to the participants were awarded.