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New Products Developed from Davao’s Food Innovation Center

DOST Undersecretary, Dr. Carol M. Yorobe (center) together with the FPIC-PWC Focal Person Ms. Maria Christina Ramos (8th from left), PWC Vice President Dr. Ida Y. Patron (6th from right) and DOST XI ARD Elsie Mae A. Solidum (5th from right) pose with the innovators from UPMindanao, DNSC, DOSCST, and PWC during her visit to the Center on June 11, 2015.

Established through the High Impact Technology Solutions (HITS) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC) – Davao has transformed raw materials to finished products since it was launched in 2014.

True to its vision to be a leading hub for innovations, technical support services for the food industry in the Davao Region, FPIC has assisted four (4) State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) namely, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Philippine Womens College (PWC), University of the Philippines –Mindanao (UPMin), Davao del Norte State College (DNSC).

Thirty-seven (37) new product innovations such as spray dried pomelo and buko juice; vacuum fried mango, tuna skin chicharon, okra and squash, banana fritters; and ready-to-eat congee were presented during the visit of the DOST’s Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Dr. Carol M. Yorobe at FPIC on June 11, 2015. Usec. Yorobe noted that some of the products can be combined to make another new product such as tuna added to congee. “These products can be used as complimentary food to address the country’s problem in malnutrition,” Usec. Yorobe added.

Usec. Yorobe hopes to see more MSMEs using the Center as it continues to provide opportunities in innovating new products and improving the quality of existing products for increased competitiveness.

fpicFinally, a Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC) will be launched on May 15, 2014 in Davao City.

This is a collaborative undertaking by the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), Philippine Women’s College (PWC) of Davao, Department of Trade and Industry XI (DTI XI), the Food Processing Association of Davao (FPAD), Inc., and the City Government of Davao. PWC will serve as the host institution for the FPIC.

 

“The calamity that comes is never that one

we had prepared ourselves for” – Mark Twain

  

S4SCPhilippines has experienced different kinds of natural calamities for the past few years. In year 2012, typhoon Pablo (Bhopa), the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit Southern Philippine Island of Mindanao landed in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province, leaving thousands of homeless and hundreds of fatalities. In October 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shocked the whole province of Bohol and nearby provinces including Cebu. A month later, the deadliest super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), flattened the Visayas area, destroying hundreds of houses, trees, buildings and other properties, leaving a thousand of dead people.

 

The past two years proved to be one of the most difficult years for the Philippines due to the number of casualties affected and fatalities the country encountered from earthquakes to super typhoons. It also proved that Philippines is not yet fully prepared when calamities occur. With these, the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government XI (DILG) and the Office of the Civil Defense XI (OCD XI), will be hosting “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” on May 15-16, 2014, at the Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City.