Some 28 members of Capilan Small Coconut Farmers ARBO in Capilan, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat received Technology Training and Demonstration on Cacao and Coconut Products from DOST XII last March 2-3, 2021.
The technology training sought to empower members of the coconut farmers to engage in value adding of cacao and coconut-based products such as tableya production and other DOST mature technologies on coconut-based products as livelihood activities.
Ms. Sapia S. Uka, the DOST XII's Training Coordinator gave the lecture on Cacao-based technologies particularly on tableya processing and coconut-based products such as coco-sapal biscuits, coco-sapal burger and coconut water vinegar.
Meanwhile, Provincial Science and Technology Director of Sultan Kudarat Ms. Zenaida Guiano lectured on Food Safety. She emphasized the Food Hazard categories such as biological, chemical & physical hazards. She also stressed out the importance of basic food and personnel hygiene in food products processing.
PD Guiano discussed also the Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) by explaining to the group the what’s, whys, who’s & how’s of manufacturing that would make them process consistently safe, quality & wholesome foods.
Ms. Beatriz O. Bongcawel, SRS II explained the topic on Packaging and Labeling of Food products and all its aspects. She further discussed the meaning of the nutrition facts as well as the different kinds of packaging materials for food products.
Mr. Ronaldo L. Corneja, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) of Lebak, has expressed his gratitude to DOST XII for coming over to Capilan, Lebak to impart technological knowledge.
He encouraged the officers and members of the organization to implement the technologies they learned and not just rely on copra as source of income.