SSF for Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center and Cacao Processing in Pagbilao, Quezon

On 4 May 2022, DTI Quezon launched two Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Projects, namely SSF for Quezon Food and Herbal Processing of the Provincial Government of Quezon worth PHP2.2-M and SSF for Cacao Processing of SICAP Quezon Agriculture Cooperative worth PHP 1,762,500.00 at the ALONA Multi-purpose Livelihood Training Center in Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon.

The event started with an invocation and the Philippine National Anthem. Event host Danica Manalo Abdon from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist acknowledged the participants and guests. Ms. Ma. Leonellie G. Dimalaluan, Acting Provincial Agriculturist, delivered her welcome remarks. She also shared that it was a memorable day because these projects were the beginning of development and support for the lives of the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs to develop competitive and quality products in Quezon Province.

Afterward, DTI Quezon Provincial Director Julieta L. Tadiosa gave an overview of the SSF project. She said, “Sa mga start-up entrepreneurs, maliit ang capacity ng production.” Sa nakitang gap na ito, nagkaroon tayo ng Shared Service Facility upang magamit ng mga nagsisimula ng negosyo. Pwede kayong makigamit nung mga makina at a very minimal cost.

Governor Danilo E. Suarez delivered his inspirational message. “Ito pong mga gawain na maiiwan namin, we hope to continue, not just continue, but grow further,” he shared.

SSF for Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center and Cacao Processing in Pagbilao, Quezon

Then, DTI Quezon Division Chief of Business Development Division Anna Marie V. Quincina read the citation of the Certificates of Award to the Provincial Government of Quezon and SICAP Quezon Agriculture Cooperative. After the award, Acting Provincial Agriculturist Dimalaluan and SICAP Chairman Florencio A. Flores delivered their acceptance speech of the SSF projects.

After the speeches, the participants and guests proceeded to the Quezon Food and Herbal Processing Center for the unveiling of SSF signage and a ribbon-cutting led by Provincial Director Tadiosa and Acting Provincial Agriculturist Dimalaluan. Ms. Eleonor D. Zabella, Unit Head of the Product Development of OPA, facilitated the actual demonstration of the SSF machines and equipment.

Group picture after the ribbon cutting ceremony

After the program in Brgy. Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon, DTI Quezon, and OPA went to Brgy. Ikirin, Pagbilao, Quezon for the blessing, unveiling of SSF signage and ribbon-cutting of the SSF for Cacao Processing. SICAP Quezon Secretary Peter Henry L. Osmond hosted the activity.

During SICAP Chairman Flores’ message, he said, ” Amin pong sisikapin ang mga gamit na binigay sa atin ay mapakikinabangan. Ang mga cacao farmers ay hindi na po mag-iisip kung saan nila dadalhin ang kanilang cacao. Hangad po namin sa tulong ng OPA at DTI na ang aming mga iproprosesong cacao ay hindi lang po makarating sa buong Pilipinas kundi rin sa buong mundo sa darating na mga panahon.”

The Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project is a flagship program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of small enterprises through access to better technology. ♦

Date of Release: 27 June 2022