Products derived from sources like meat or poultry that are not in the six priority commodities are also welcome, he said.

The FPIC is setting a lower target this year but expects to eventually meet its target of 250 new products annually, Sales said.

The new products will be developed by food technology faculty and students of the different schools and universities in the region and partnerships between industry players and the FPIC.

Sales said they will be providing funds for students and faculty of schools offering food technology for the research and development of new products.

The funding can be sourced from the DOST national or regional budget for grants in aid (GIA) or from their attached agencies who have research funding like the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (Pcarrd) and Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (Pcieerd).

The FPIC, a collaborative initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Davao Region, Philippine Women's College (PWC) in Davao City, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Food Processing Association of Davao Inc., and the City Government of Davao, is located at the PWC campus. (by Reuel John F. Lumawag - Sunstar Davao)