Bohol gets food processing equipment

Jagna, Bohol - The Region-7 office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7) turned over some P3-million worth of food processing equipment to the "calamay" processors in Albuquerque and Jagna, including banana processors for Sevilla, Anda, Balilihan, and Maribojoc in Bohol, in a move to address the lack of modern tools in the province's food processing industry.

DTI-7 Director Asteria Caberte said this is in response to the call of President Aquino for all sectors of the economy to be part of the country's inclusive growth.

"DTI saw the need to address the market's stringent requirements for food safety and quality and increase the competitiveness of MSMEs in Central Visayas through the Shared Service Facility (SSF) Program," Caberte said.

According to the DTI-7, a Memorandum of Agreement was recently signed between the Jagna Calamay Makers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Jacamaco) president Maribel Bucog, and Caberte.

Calamay is defined by Wikipedia as a sticky sweet delicacy that is popular in many regions of the Philippines. It is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice.

The Jacamaco was chosen to manage the common service facility in Jagna.