THE Buug Subanen tribe in Zam–boanga Peninsula now has a good source of income thanks to over a million pesos in funds provided by the Department of Science and Technology-Region IX Community Empowerment Through Science & Technology (CEST) Project.
The funds were used to establish a new vinegar processing facility and upgrade the existing rice wine facility.
The CEST set aside a total of P679,152 to establish the Pangase Rice Wine and Coco Water Vinegar Processing Facility for the Buug Subanen Workers Association.
Technology training and equipment were also provided by the same agency. These include stainless steel tables, drums for vinegar fermentation, two large vats, pots, a stainless steel casserole, burners, and 300 jars.
Another P475,500 was given by CEST to upgrade the Pangase Rice Wine Processing Facility.
Because of CEST’s help, production grew and sales reached P26,000 a month. Additionally, a new production site is now under construction and will employ 14 workers.
Every month, workers produce four gallons of wine sold at P 2,000, a hundred bottles of spiced vinegar (750 ml) at P60 and a hundred bottles of plain vinegar (750 ml) at P20.
“The income goes to the Buug Subanen tribe workers,” said Jocelyn Chua, association president and owner of the house and lot where the facility is located. She added that workers get free accommodation. The facility also has a training area.
Livelihood and economic enterprise development is one component of the CEST for target communities in the region. The others are health and nutrition, education and literacy, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.