To promote the adoption of technological interventions among micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises, the Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology provided technology training for three cooperatives in Cotabato City.

The three-day activity, which took place from May 6 to 8, 2024, aimed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and best practices of cooperatives to hone their capabilities in handling day-to-day operations. Specifically, they were introduced to topics such as Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Proper Handwashing, Cross-contamination, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Halal Awareness and Certification, and packaging and labeling training.

The cooperatives that benefitted from the training at Alnor Hotel and Convention Center were The Little Home Baker engaged in baking, L.S.Y Cakes and Icing, and Cotabato Brassware Association engaged in royal brass making.

Monawara Abdulbadie, LPT, Chief Science Research Specialist – S & T Services Division, motivated the participants to apply what they have learned during the training and adhere to regulatory standards and procedures to obtain safe and quality products.

“We are hopeful that you will be able to apply this training to your businesses. Our ministry conducts this to further enhance knowledge and compliance with regulatory standards and to maintain the quality of your products in the market. MOST-BARMM is striving to assist small business owners, whether Muslim, Christian, Indigenous/Lumad. Our ministry is committed to helping all,” Chief Abdulbadie stated.

Meanwhile, Lourdes Yabes, Owner of L.S.Y Cakes and Icing, expressed gratitude for the training they have received.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Science and Technology under the leadership of Minister Engr. Aida M. Silongan, as well as to the Cotabato City Staff and Regional Staff, for providing us with the opportunity to undergo training sessions on Food Safety knowledge, particularly in Halal Awareness. Through this training, we will gain updates and ideas on what guidelines to follow and maintain the cleanliness of our businesses. This is a significant help in further growing our Food Industry Businesses,” Yabes said.

Through the MOST Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program, MOST ensures that MSMEs in the Bangsamoro region will be empowered through the infusion of S&T intervention. This intervention aims to improve their products and ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices and the minimum requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration.


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