DAVAO DEL SUR – With the aim of promoting the safety and quality of food products as well as to help small food processors earn the trust of consumers, the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST-XI), through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao Del Sur (PSTC DS), conducted a Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) Awareness Seminar for Sta. Cruz Seaweed Processors at Lawis Bato, Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur last 29 September 2021.
This training seminar, geared at capacitating beneficiaries of practical technologies, was made possible with the collaboration of the Provincial Governor’s Office-Public Employment Service Office (PGO-PESO).
Experts from the Davao Food and Safety Team, Eva Jean Villaceran, RSI and Engr. Harleen Moya U. Jao, trained a total of 36 seaweed processors on various topics such as the importance and principles of GMP in all facilities, how to lessen waste in their production, and many more.
"This training is highly relevant especially that seaweeds processing is a major source of livelihood among families here in Lawis Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. By orienting the seaweed processors on the basics of GMP, we hope to improve the quality and marketability of our products, thereby leading to improve income for the community,” said PGO- PESO Head Rolly Impas.
This said initiative is part of the DOST-XI’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology Program in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur under the health and nutrition entry points.