DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Program in the new normal: DOST-PSTC Cavite holds online food safety seminar-training to Fil-Fresh, Inc. employees in Dasmariñas City
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By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza
The Department of Science and Technology – CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON), true to its mission to ensure food safety in the region, continues to organize seminar-trainings despite the pandemic. On February 16-17, 2021, the DOST-CALABARZON through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Cavite (DOST-PSTC Cavite) conducted an online food safety seminar-training to Fil-Fresh, Inc. employees in Dasmariñas City, Cavite. DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Officer, Mr. Jake Lloyd Peña, and DOST-PSTC Cavite Science Research Specialist II, Ms. Anna Marie Daigan, discussed Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Documentation and Implementation via Zoom during the two-day activity.
Fil-Fresh employees learns about the HACCP management system through speakers Mr. Jake Lloyd Peña and Ms. Anna Marie Daigan of the DOST-CALABARZON, February 16-17, 2021.
Fil-Fresh manufactures meat and seafood products through their facilities in Taguig and Dasmariñas City. Through this online seminar-training, their Production Operators, Quality Assurance Managers and Supervisors in their Dasmariñas City manufacturing facility are trained to adopt the HACCP management system. The speakers, Mr. Peña and Ms. Daigan, outlined the seven HACCP principles that allows food producers to identify and address food safety threats in their production processes. These are: (1) Conducting a Hazard Analysis; (2) Determining Critical Control Points; (3) Establishing Critical Limits; (4) Monitoring Critical Control Points; (5) Corrective Action; (6) Verification; and (7) Record-Keeping Procedures. They also facilitated quizzes and diagnostic exams using web tools to test the participants on their appreciation of the topics presented.
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By: John Maico M. Hernandez, DOST-PSTC Batangas
As a member of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) CALABARZON thru Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Batangas strengthened the capacity building efforts for Brgy. Toong Community Mushroom Growers through conduct of a seminar on food safety in mushroom production held at Brgy. Toong, Tuy, Batangas, Feb. 12.
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By: Wilma G. del Rosario and Demee Angelica S. Ludia
DOST-CALABARZON, represented by Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña, LSPU and ALFOP, represented by Engr.Augusto Agus, pose with the suppliers of the Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Photo credits: Ms. Vetch Caperiña
MSMEs all around the region take note as the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH) is now a proud home of a Vacuum Freeze Dryer (VFD). Through the technical and equipment assistance provided by DOST-CALABARZON, C-FoSH will now be able to add freeze drying to its offerings. With this, MSMEs in the food industry within CALABARZON and even beyond can get a chance to produce innovative and quality vacuum freeze-dried products.
The C-FoSH project is spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP), and co-funded by DOST-CALABARZON.
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By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza
The Department of Science and Technology – CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Cavite (DOST-PSTC Cavite) conducted a webinar on Packaging Trends and Opportunities on February 9, 2021. Around 300 participants from Cavite and other parts of the country, attended the event via Zoom.
Engr. Raul D. Castañeda, the PSTC-Cavite Provincial Director, explained the need for the webinar in his opening message. Since most of the invited participants are entrepreneurs (some are assisted by the office), Engr. Castañeda remarked that the webinar would help the audience in expanding their market. He cited how good and informative packaging adds value to the product and encourages buyers to purchase.
DOST-CALABARZON’s DRRM Team initiates orientation on drafting the PSCP to ensure public service continuity amid risk and disaster
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By: Halyn Lunel A. Gamboa
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Team of DOST-CALABARZON organized a virtual orientation on crafting the Public Service Continuity Plan (PSCP) via Zoom platform, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Aside from improving risk assessment and management, the orientation aims to assist regional and provincial staff in streamlining their continuity strategies to render public service.