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By John Maico M. Hernandez, PSTC Batangas

The Samahan ng Batangueña women’s association and Recovery Persons Who Use Drugs (RPWUDs) in the Municipality of San Juan, Batangas received a technology training on meat processing and current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in support to the establishment of their community livelihood enterprise held at Brgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas, June 20-21.

Technologies on processing of meat products such as tapa, tocino, longganisa, burger patties, and siomai were transferred to the members of the two associations. A GMP was also integrated into the training to ensure the implementation of food safety systems and safeguard that every product they produce conforms to standards. Participants had a hands-on activity on processing each product with strict compliance to food safety standards.

The processing technology used in the training was developed by Batangas State University. Ms. Marielli Katherine C. Untalan, Center Head of Batangas State University's Food Innovation Center, facilitated the technology training. Meanwhile, Mr. Mhark Ellgine A. Libao and Mr. John Maico M. Hernandez, both members of DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Team, facilitated the discussion on GMP.

The training was pursued in partnership with the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government Unit of San Juan, Batangas. In the Municipality of San Juan, Batangas, SLP serves as an active partner of the local government unit in unfolding the potentials of communities through involving marginalized people in socio-economic activities where they can generate sustainable source of income.