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The Food Processing Innovation Center-Davao’s best practice entry (FPIC-Davao) was hailed as one of the 10 winners for this year’s Government Best Practice Recognition (GBPR).

The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) declared the winning entries on Friday, October 23, 2020, after a two-day presentation of entries of the 26 finalists on October 22-23, 2020 which was streamed live via DAP’s YouTube Channel.

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Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) Regional Director Dr. Anthony. Sales, CESO III, presented to the judges FPIC-Davao’s entry entitled “Establishment of Food Processing Innovation Center-Davao as a Common Service Facility”. The entry highlighted three major best practices of the center namely, being the pioneer Food Innovation Center (FIC) in the Philippines, having synergistic multiagency collaboration, and its outstanding compliance to legal regulatory and statutory requirements.

Established in 2014, the Center is a collaboration between DOST XI, Philippine Women's College (PWC) of Davao, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XI, and the Food Processors Association of Davao (FPAD), Inc. It is the first ever food innovation center (FIC) in the Philippines. It serves as a hub for innovation and value-adding of processed food in Davao region.

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Through FPIC, innovative technologies, relevant support services, technical expertise, necessary infrastructures and facilities are more accessible for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the urban centers and the countryside. It aims for a more effective technology application, deployment (transfer), and commercialization for sustained economic growth and productivity.

FPIC-Davao, being one of the projects pioneered and implemented by DOST XI, has become the benchmark followed by regional FICs established in the succeeding years.

“It is such an honor to be recognized as one of the 10 out of 73 entries in the Government Best Practices Recognition of 2020. The only national government agency to be included in the list. This may not have been possible without the relentless support of our partners, PWC, DTI XI, Davao City LGU, FPAD and the HELP Davao Network. Kudos to our Project Team on a job very well done!” Dr. Sales said.

He added that as a Research and Development institution, FPIC-Davao will push for an ordinance to be recognized as a center of innovation in the city to help intensify commercialization of its local products and continue to serve as a national and international benchmark.

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The Government Best Practice Recognition (GBPR) 2020 is an initiative of DAP to promote, showcase and share knowledge on outstanding and innovative practices demonstrated by the public sector organizations.

Entries were judged by Civil Service Commission Director Alma Flores-Foronda, Department of Budget and Management Assistant Secretary Clarito Alejandro D. Magsino and National Academy of Science and Technology Academician Engr. Raymond R. Tan.

"These are the 10 best practices that we saw as worth emulating at this stage. For these 10 we would just like to highlight that these are the best practices that we could be proud of and we could continue working on. The journey towards quality and improvement and best practice never stops," Engr. Tan said.

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