The increasing number of entrepreneurs is a sign of progress in the economic status of the island-province of Batanes. It is seen that food processing is one of the profitable business venture that use the available resources abound the locality. With the growing number of tourists visiting the province, quality food products as take-home or “pasalubong” is one of the concern. Encouraging the local consumers to patronize local products is another one.  In order to make these products sustainable, there is a need to standardize the process and equip with the right mandatory labeling and promote the products for the right packaging material. Assisting the entrepreneurs will surely increase their production thereby increasing revenues and uplifting their confidence to improve product quality and productivity.

As an island, food processors are encouraged to maintain good production, quality of products and compliance to mandatory labeling, Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices and all related laws pertaining to the production of processed food products.

The Provincial Government of Batanes in its plight for the production of quality products, thru the Sangunian Panlalawigan, has enacted the Ordinance no. 305, series of 2020 also known as “The Batanes Product Labelling and Branding Ordinance of 2020”. The ordinance aims to establish a labelling system that will upgrade locally produced products. These products will bear “Proudly Batanes (Ivatan) Made” brand or logo that suggests that said products have passed quality standards.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Batanes in collaboration with the Batanes Sate College, has proposed a project dubbed as Lab TRIP (Testing Resources for Innovative Products) where basic testing of Ivatan products, water and other products produced for Research and Development can be done.

The establishment of the Lab TRIP at BSC will surely accelerate the production of quality Food products and making Ivatan MSME’s compliant to Food Safety with the acquisition of License-To-Operate from the Food and Drug Administration. As a requirement to the acquisition of FDA-LTO, certain product analyses is needed. It is envisioned that the required product analysis could be performed at the BSC Laboratory making it easier for the MSMEs to submit product samples. Further validation will be submitted to the RSTL of DOST 02 in Tuguegarao for certification.

On December 7, 2020, the Department of Science and Technology, through the PSTC Batanes, the PLGU-Batanes and the Batanes State College has formally launched the Lab TRIP ( Testing Resources for Innovative Products) Project at the BSC Science Laboratory through face-to-face and virtual.

Earlier, series of  trainings in the food laboratory to provide basic microbiology training, processing, packaging and other basic analysis to individuals working at BSC , the Batanes General Hospital, the Provincial Health Office, the Batanes National Science High School and PSTC Batanes.

The Food Lab will be managed by the Batanes State College and will be monitored by the DOST-Provincial Science and Technology Center in Batanes.

The launching of the Lab TRIP Project was graced by DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation, Leah J. Buendia, the Regional Director of DOST –R02, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang,

The Governor of the Province of Batanes, the Hon. Marilou H. Cayco, represented by Provincial Administrator Juan Caballero, the Representative of the Lone District of Batanes, the Hon. Ciriaco B. Gato, Jr., BSC President Dr. Alfonso R. Simon, and DOST-Batanes Provincial Director Nora T. Garcia.

 

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