BALANGA CITY — Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently turned over various machines worth PhP1.4 million to different enterprises in Bataan which showed potential in business development and job creation.
Beneficiaries under DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading (SETUP) Program consist of three food processing companies namely Montey’s Food Products in Morong town, Sam Roque’s Food Products in Samal town, and Linda & Nap Smoke & Dried Fish Processing in Balanga.
The fourth project beneficiary is Robles Farm, a piggery farm in Abucay town.
According to DOST-Bataan project officer Jerwin Vianzon, the financial assistance equivalent to the provided machineries will be reimbursed by the beneficiaries to DOST in three years without interest.
Buko pie-maker Montey’s Food Products, a two-time SETUP beneficiary, recently acquired a dough sheeter machine which is used to produce pie crusts with standard thickness, maximizing operation time since the laborious and manual use of rolling pin is left out.
“DOST has helped us hugely. With the new machine, the production of crust is faster,” owner Ester Domingo said.
Sam Roque’s Food Products received a planetary mixer for faster preparation of dough, a band sealer to assure the crispness of their goods, and a food grade-working table.
Asked about the efficiency of the machines, manager Agnes Alisbo said “the sealing is good. The speed of the sealer’s conveyors is adjustable.”
According to Vianzon, product quality is also the major concern of Linda & Nap Smoke & Dried Fish Processing which for 40 years has been packaging dried fish or tuyo and smoked fish or tinapa.
In assistance to them, DOST provided a chest-type freezer for storage prior to delivery, and two units of food grade working tables to maintain proper food handling.
Different from the three food manufacturers, Robles Farm’s top concern is proper waste disposal and management in compliance with the local government unit of Abucay and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Vianzon said DOST provided them with 117-cubic meter biogas digester with 58.5-cu. m. gas capacity.
Biogas digester converts farm waste into biogas. It also minimizes the release of harmful greenhouse gases such as nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen sulfide produced from the decomposition of farm wastes. (PIA 3)