ILOILO – Fifty-one small business entrepreneurs here have been provided with the skills and knowledge to improve the look and salability of their native products in the market.
Packaging and labeling assistance worth P10,000 each was part of the Packaging Technology Assistance Program (PTAP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), according to Development Management Officer VI Velma Jane Lao of the Provincial Planning and Development Office.
PTAP basically aims to transform locally-produced goods into globally competitive products and boost the competitiveness of these products through provisions packaging services.
“This aid aims to upgrade their product and make it more competitive. The province, in partnership with DOST, is doing this in preparation for the ASEAN integration,” Lao explained during the turning-over ceremony held in Iloilo Provincial Capitol on Monday.
Lao added that the beneficiaries were the first in the province and they were identified through the Local Economic and Investment Promotion Board.
They were from Ajuy (two), Anilao (two), Barotac Viejo (three), Concepcion (two), Janiuay (seven), Miagao (11), Oton (15), Passi City (four), Pavia (four) and San Enrique (one).
Most of them were selling proceed meat products, native delicacies and sweets (e.g. coconut balls), bamboo products and pastries.
Prior to the ceremony, Lao said that the beneficiaries underwent a comprehensive training on Food Safety and Handling last February 17-18.
In the coming months, they will again go through another training on pricing or costing, marketing and basic bookkeeping.
“We want them to succeed in their business endeavors and feel that the government cares for them. If everything goes well, we will then encourage them to join in national trade fairs to showcase their products,” she said.