The Department of Science and Technology-Provincial Science and Technology Center in Cavite in cooperation with the Office of Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla held the opening ceremony of the First Provincial S&T Fair and Exhibits dubbed as TIKME Ahoy sa Bacoor! or the Teknolohiya at Inobasyon Kaagapay ng Micro Enterprises, a food and non-food exhibits featuring LGU-Bacoor and DOST-assisted enterprises at the Activity Area of the Main Square Mall, Molino Boulevard, Bacoor City on September 30, 2019.
TIKME was conceptualized by DOST-Batangas and was first conducted in Lipa City in 2018. Coined from the Batangueño term “tikme” meaning “to taste” or tikiman/tikman, the program attempts to revolutionize traditional food expo by giving spotlight to homegrown entrepreneurs provided with DOST assistance and technology.
DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano graced the opening ceremony. She stressed that the MSMEs are the lifeblood of Philippine economy as they compose the majority of businesses in the country and provide more employment than big industries and corporations. Usec. Manzano hopes that the program will inspire everyone to welcome science, technology and innovation and use them to improve not just businesses but the quality of life of people.
She was joined by DOST-CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Lydia Manguiat who enumerated the various assistance provided by their department for MSMEs including technology upgrading program, grants and aids for community-based projects, food safety programs including trainings and certification among others. Provincial directors of DOST from the other provinces of CALABARZON are also in attendance to support DOST-Cavite’s activity led by Engr. Raul Castañeda.
Other guests include Ms. Irene Bencito who attended on behalf of Governor Jonvic Remulla and conveyed the governor’s message of support for the MSMEs in the province; Ms. Alda Lou Cabrera who represented 2nd District Cong. Strike Revilla and encouraged the young generation to go into business and use their bright ideas in entreneurship.
The local government of Bacoor City was headed by Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla with City Councilor Rowena Bautista-Mendiola and Ms. Carmelita Fabian-Gawaran, head of Bacoor City Livelihood Office.
The three-day event which will run until October 2, 2019 also includes a seminar on Product Packaging and Food Safety Awareness and Livelihood Seminar on Tahong Chips Processing on the second day. On the third day, a Cook Off challenge using Tahong as the main ingredient will be the highlight of the program.