Cotabato City, BARMM — The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology turned over processing equipment and a renovated production area worth Php1,160,000.00 to three identified cooperatives in the city.
On September 1-2 and September 9, 2022, the three cooperatives that benefitted from MOST’s technology intervention were Mhanie’s Food Products, Yasmin Salabat Food Production, and Emy’s Food Products, respectively.
Minister Aida Silongan, MAPDS, other MOST officials, and Coop’s Presidents graced and led the turnover activity.
MFP was engaged in Maguindanaon native delicacies making and received Php500,000.00 worth of processing equipment. YSFP was engaged in producing powdered salabat or ginger and received Php580,000.00 worth of processing equipment and renovated production area. EFP is involved in making bagoong guisado and chili sauce and received Php80,000.00 worth of processing equipment.
In the turnover ceremony, Yasmin Salabat Food Production’s President Genevieve Lagora shared her gratitude to the Bangsamoro Government through MOST for the assistance given. She also shared that along with the business’s success, it is worth sharing with relatives and neighbors for employment.
“Sobrang saya ko dahil di ko akalain na baling araw magkakaroon ako ng ganito, para akong nananginip, tinitingnan yung mga equipment, at nasasabi ko akin ba talaga ito. Dahil sa BARMM nagbago ang buhay ko, kung ano man ang mararating ko iseshare ko ito sa kamag-anak at mga kapitbahay ko para magkaroon din sila ng trabaho.” Lagora said.[I’m so happy because I did not expect that someday, I would receive like this, it’s like I’m dreaming, looking at the equipment, and I say, is it really mine? Because of BARMM, my life changed. Whatever the success of it, I will share it with my relatives and neighbor so that they will have work opportunities too.]
Through the MOST’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program, the ministry ensured that cooperatives in the Bangsamoro region would be given technology intervention and assistance to upgrade or improve their production lines. It is also to practice good manufacturing, food safety, be halal-compliant, and adhere to the production of quality products in the market through Food and Drug Administration requirements compliance.