By John Maico M. Hernandez, PSTC Batangas

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Batangas trained members of cooperatives and community-based associations (CBAs) in Lipa City, Batangas on Coconut-based products Processing with Awareness-Seminar on Basic Food Hygiene (BFH) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) held at Lipa City Training Center, June 17.

The training aimed to provide the beneficiaries with a technology on coconut processing which they can use in establishing their livelihood enterprises. Production technologies used and transferred to the beneficiaries during the training include macapuno in syrup, buko juice, macapuno candy balls, macapuno pastillas and pakumbo processing. These technologies were developed and provided by the Institute of Food Science and Technology - University of the Philippines Los Baños (IFST - UPLB). Mr. Romel M. Felismino, University Researcher II of IFST-UPLB, served as the resource speaker during the technology training.

An awareness-seminar on BFH and cGMP was also integrated to the training to ensure the implementation of food safety systems and safeguard that every product produced conforms to standards. Mr. John Maico M. Hernandez, DOST-CALABARZON Food Safety Team Member, facilitated the discussion and covered GMP requirements, importance and benefits of GMP implementation in the food business, and compliance to the stipulations of the Food Safety Act of 2013 RA 10611.

Cooperatives and CBAs which participated the training were United Merchant Credit Cooperative, Lipa Ladies Marketing Cooperative, Community Association in Brgy. Halang, Lipeña Aces Sabang, Lipa City, and Rootcrop Growers of Batangas Agriculture Cooperative. The activity was in partnership with Lipa City Cooperative Office. (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.