Sulu, BARMM – To upgrade the cooperative’s production lines and help them produce more quality products, seven (7) identified cooperatives in the province received about Php 6,300,000 worth of food processing and a repaired production area from the Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
On September 1-6, 2022, the MOST’s Science and Technology Services implemented one of its major programs, the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program (TTCP) to people’s organizations in the municipalities of Omar, Talipao, Patikul, Panglima Estino, and Kandaga.
The seven cooperatives that benefitted from this were as follows:
- Osaha Sin Anak Miskin Association (OSAMA) – Brgy. Lahing-Lahing, Omar, Sulu
- Moro Vinta Agriculture Cooperative – Brgy. Niyangkaan, Omar, Sulu
- Kandaga Agriculture Cooperative – Brgy. Kandaga, Talipao, Sulu
- Martabbat Agriculture Cooperative – Brgy. Marsada, Talipao, Sulu
- Central Sulu National Guard Fishermen Cooperative – Brgy. Biti, Patikul, Sulu
- SWC Central Sulu – Sardines Producers Cooperative
- Bansag Babai Incorporated Chili Paste Producers
The cooperatives mentioned above were producers of vast and rich sources of coffee, cassava, peanuts, coconut oil, dried fish, sardines, and chili in the province of Sulu.
They will also benefit from technology training and processing equipment demonstration after the turn-over ceremony.
Under the MOST’s TTCP, the program aims to support people’s organizations and cooperatives in the community by upgrading their production lines, training them on technology, food safety, halal awareness, food processing equipment demonstration, and improving product packaging and labelling.
Other than that is to acquire FDA License to Operate and be halal-compliant. It is also to provide them with processing equipment for a more supply of products and an improved production area.
Furthermore, the said cooperatives were former combatants from different groups such as Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, Social Welfare Committee, Bangsamoro Women Auxillary Brigade, and many more.
They were beneficiaries of the 2020 and 2021 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises –Upgrading Program (MSMEs-Up) and Science and Technology Livelihood Assistance Program (STLAP) of the ministry.