Photo of the SME owners, PSTC-Pampanga staff, DTI staff with the consultants

The Department of Science and Technology, thru its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Pampanga, recently conducted a Basic Food Hygiene & Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Seminar for the members of women’s organizations and micro, small, & medium enterprises (MSMEs) to create awareness on the importance of appropriate food handling practices, promote food safety, and improve the quality of their services and products at Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.


The event was organized in coordination with the Department of Trade & Industry Pampanga Provincial Office and the local government of the City of San Fernando. During the seminar, PSTC-Pampanga Director Mary Michelle M. Quiambao stressed the importance of understanding food hazards, cross-contamination, and appropriate product packaging and labeling.


Afterwards, the participants were able to consult with, Ms. Ma. Dolor L. Villaseṅor, Food Engineer and Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), this time to advance the lessons taught during the GMP. She discussed food preservation methods, use of food additives, quality control for processed foods, shelf life, product development, and also conducted product clinic.


On the other hand, Mr. Napoleon B. Ladines, a ceramics-resin-wax expert and retired ITDI official, held a consultation clinic wherein partakers’ concerns and possible product quality improvement were focused. The consultation provided clearer suggestions and/or advices to the partakers for wax-based products. He also visited a pot candle production-facility where he conducted actual demonstration.


These consultancies held on October 03, 2019 at Benigno Aquino Hall of the same city further aims to address the knowledge insufficiency of the SMEs through a one-on-one consultation for the quality improvement of their products and services, and raise concerns relative to their respective operations.


The engagement commenced with DOST and DTI’s talk for more future partnerships towards MSME development in the Pampanga. The DOST Regional Office is optimistic that these trainings and consultancies will result in improved productivity for MSMEs in the province. 


SME owners presenting and consulting their product lines to the food consultant, Ms. Ma. Dolor L. Villaseṅor




SME Owners consulting and presenting their candle products to the non-food (candle) consultant, Mr. Napoleon B. Ladines




Candles made by SME Owner (blue container; left) and Mr. Ladines (sky blue; right): The candle made / intervened by Mr. Ladines has more consistency, refined texture, fair color, and has less drying time compared to the current practice of Mr. Tiglao (SME Owner)

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