The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) transferred processing and packaging equipment to two food processing centers in Sorsogon, Bicol, and built a shared facility for a coconut cooperative in Laguna, in line with the agency’s Shared Services Facilities (SSF) project.
Jocelyn Blanco, DTI-Bicol regional director, said that the DTI allocated a total of P49 million to SSF projects for the region, and projected 43 shared facilities to be provided within the year.
Blanco said that DTI distributed P1.5-million worth of equipment to Sorsogon State College and Seamancor Eco-Developers, which will benefit hundreds food processors in the area and is seen to generate 250 jobs.
On the other hand, Lingap Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Laguna received a full service facility with machineries and equipment used for coconut processing, costing about P960,000.
The facility given to Lingap coop is capable of processing coconut husks into various products like coir, peat, ropes and geo-nets that will be sold in the local market.
According to Noel Florido of Cocos Nucifera Pacific Enterprises, the facility will generate at least 108 jobs.
The SSF program is expected “to directly impact on the generation of jobs, exports and investments consequently increasing the chances of achieving inclusive growth and poverty alleviation,” especially in the provinces, the DTI said.
Kristyn Nika M. Lazo