TACURONG CITY- The Provincial Science and Technology Center-Sultan Kudarat (PSTC-SK) of the Department of Science and Technology Region XII (DOST XII) conducted Technology Training and Demonstration on Herbal Soap Making last February 11, 2021 at City Disaster Risk and Reduction Center, Tacurong City.
The training was aimed to empower members to engaged in value-adding and other livelihood activities to add up to their incomes aside from farming.
It was conducted upon the request of the officers and members of the KSK Farmers Association of Tacurong City headed by its President, Mr. Jafner Robles. This association of comprise of representatives of farmers coming from the different barangays of the city. Ms. Teofanie Criss Tutanes, a Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) beneficiary also participated in the training.
The technology training would entail the whole day in order to formulate a herbal soap led by Provincial Science and Technology Director (PSTD)/Senior SRS Ms. Zenaida Guiano, together Ms. Beatriz O. Bongcawel, SRS II and Mr. Camarodin S. Pendatun, SRS I.
The participants comprised of selected members of the association, delightedly underwent the preparations, with both Ms. Bongcawel & PD Guiano assisting and guiding them.
The herbal soap with coffee would be another value-added product of PMTZ Care Marketing, a SETUP beneficiary that produces the famed MNEMO Coffee in the province. It would utilize coffee granules wastes usually just being thrown-out after processing.
Furthermore, Ms. Bongcawel, a Chemist by profession, conducted the lecture on basic formulation of herbal soap. Different queries from the participants regarding the technology, particularly on what they were going to do with their finished products, made up this session were answered.
Ms. Bingcawel also encouraged the participants to conduct their own Research and Development by adding additives such as scents and colors, when they produced their own herbal soaps so it could compete in the market, even just the local market, at the very least.
PD Guiano assured the group that more DOST mature technologies can still be offered by the office in order for them to acquire knowledge and expertise to improve their livelihood, so they can attain minimal standard level of living.