The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines has equipped the newly operated Davao Food Processing Innovation Centre (FPIC) with modern machines to help local businesses create unique products.
The FPIC serves as research and development (R&D) centre for micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the local and the entire region to boost their productivity through mechanisation.
"I am very pleased and happy that this FPIC is now operational because we can now help our MSMEs in the provinces improve their products, and with the R&D activity in the centre, we can also assist them in coming up with unique food products," said DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.
The FPIC will primarily cater to the agricultural and fishery sector by offering product development, equipment rental, technical consultancy and technology training for MSMEs. The centre uses machineries and equipment that are designed and developed by Filipino scientists and engineers. These include: vacuum fryer, spray dryer, vacuum sealer, freeze dryer, band sealer, and water retort.
"With the full operation of the FPIC, DOST takes the extra mile by providing both technical and financial support to our MSMEs in the region, and in the process we are able to empower them to come up with different food products that pass international standards that are highly in demand locally and abroad," said DOST Region 11 Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales.
The centre also allows MSMEs to rent the equipment-especially those that are into food processing businesses.
The FPIC-which is housed inside the Davao campus of Philippine Women's College- is open from Monday to Friday; though special accommodations can also be done on Saturdays and Sundays.
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