ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 27 (PIA) — Department of Science and Technology – Rizal has recently provided the Sipsipin Multipurpose Cooperative (SMPC) with technology and training in fish processing, November 19 to 21.
The training of 20 members and the provision of equipment to the Jalajala-based cooperative is part of the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (Set-up) which aims to give small enterprises government assistance, said Fernando Ablaza,
A number of government agencies have also been providing assistance to several cooperatives and small-scale businesses in Rizal such as the SMPC.
“DOST has been working with the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry and recently, the Department of Labor and Employment has also given monetary assistance to the cooperative,” said Ablaza.
In line with the DOST’s financial assistance for technology acquisition, the SMPC has also been given a zero-interest loan worth P 263,000 by the agency payable in three years. The funds were for a vacuum packaging machine, smokehouse, freezer stainless steel tables, and other equipment for the cooperative’s smoked fish, fish noodles, and fish nuggets production.
DOST-Rizal also conducted a training activity in Sitio Panusugin, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City for members and officers of the Panusugin Multipurpose Cooperative. The training focused on salting due to the cooperative’s plantation of Japanese cucumbers.
Ablaza added that the agency aims to link the farmers to potential buyers in Pililia, Rizal to help generate income. (GG-PIA4A)