DOST CALABARZON, through its provincial S&T centers in cooperation with the Tanauan Packaging Service Center (TPSC), developed for 350 food firms packaging and labeling systems appropriate for their product. The Regional Office and TPSC addressed the technology needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the CALABARZON and MIMAROPA Regions, including their need for labeling, toll packaging, and packaging materials.
The continual promotion efforts of Mayor Sonia Torres-Aquino for local entrepreneurs to avail of the services of TPSC resulted in 50 SMEs in Tanauan alone to upgrade their packaging systems. Furthermore, 48 other barangays in Tanauan have since developed their own income-generating activities. Notable for their success stories are Aylene's Cassava Cake and other Baked Products, Segundina's Bibingka, Anching's Coco Jam, Healthy Choice Sugarcane Juice, Nanay Pia's Sumang Magkayakap, and Amy's Nilupak. The six firms total PhP0.60M/mo in gross revenue and currently employ 30 workers.
Meanwhile, DOST IV-A facilitated provision of packaging and labeling assistance to 6 firms in Laguna for cookies/pastries, meat products, pickled vegetables, and tropical fruit wine; 4 firms in Cavite, Batangas, and Quezon or a total of 12 for juices, cookies/ pastries, meat products, pickled vegetables, and tropical fruit wine; and 3 firms in Rizal for noodles, dairy products and tea.
DOST CALABARZON, through PSTC-Batangas, facilitated establishment of TPSC in 2006 under the auspices of the Local Government of Tanauan City and Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. Together with the Packaging Research and Development Center of the Philippines (DOST-PRDCP), it assisted the center in acquiring processing and packaging equipment to enable it to provide, among others, labeling services, toll packaging for native delicacies, supply in low volumes of packaging materials, and consultancy services. TPSC has since developed technical competency on food safety, specifically on good manufacturing practices, label designing, shelf-life studies and nutritive analysis. ?(AMGuevarra\DOST IV-A S&T Media Service)