PSTC Batanes staff, together with FDA officials, joins Batanes Day parade

“Being Ivatan: Living It”, a very timely theme in line with the 236th Batanes Founding Anniversary celebration which is also dubbed as Payuhuan Festival.

Various activities were held during the week-long celebration, June 26 to July 2, 2019, highlighting activities such as cultural parade, kanan du kumnavahayan (unity lunch), provincial sports tournament and Agro-Industrial Ecotourism Fair. During the fair, different national agencies and LGUs converged to showcase fresh produce from farms to processed products of farmers and processors. The fair also exhibits local culture and tradition of Ivatan. Some of the DOST assisted products were also showcased during the said event.

Harmoniously in celebration of the Batanes Day, the PSTC Batanes has lined up some activities to improve products of local processors.  One is the Advocacy-cum-Training on Food Safety held at Negosyo Center in DTI, Basco, Batanes. FDA North Luzon Director Jesusa Joyce Cirunay was the resource speaker wherein she discussed the mandates of FDA and roles of stakeholders in strengthening food safety system in the province and in the country. Her discussion also tackles the Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices in food manufacturing. Pre-assessment of applications and requirements of the 15 WMEs was also done by Regional Supervisor, Ms. Alegria G. Ong, in order to fast track their applications for the acquisition of FDA- License To Operate.  The said activities are in support to the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Project in partnership with Phil. Council for Women, in scaling up women-led micro-businesses.

Another activity is the training on Food processing using Vacuum Fryer at CMJ’s Shop and Snack processing area. Mr. Kenneth Sumbillo, RTEC member and a former specialist at Food Innovation Center at CSU, discussed and demonstrated the use of the vacuum fryer. He also showed the proper preparation of raw materials (pre-treatment) prior to frying. Produced products were vacuum fried camote, squash, banana, ubi and mabolo. Meanwhile, Ms. Cirunay and Ms. Ong conducted an inspection of the area and observed during the production.

DOST- Science and Technology Information Institute lead by its Director, Dir. Richard P. Burgos, also joined the celebration of Batanes Day. As part of their purpose: to shoot for Batanes specials featuring DOST assisted projects (SETUP, CEST and Scholarship) for Negosiyensya and Sinesiyensya, they also covered the Batanes Day Opening Program and Agro Fair. On the period of their stay, they reach even the northernmost municipality, Itbayat, to shoot for their video documentaries. The following projects are the subjects of their short documentaries: Tawsen Agri-ventures, AJ’s Bread and Pastries, Scholar story in Itbayat and CEST in Uyugan.

PSTC Batanes staff, together with FDA officials, joins Batanes Day parade

 

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