MOST-BARMM award Php 4 Million Processing Equipment and Renovated Production Area to cooperatives in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Bangsamoro Government approximately awarded Php 4,000,000.00 worth of processing equipment and a renovated production area to nine (9) cooperatives in Cotabato City on December 21, 2023. 
The program was supervised by the MOST Cotabato S & T Center, and provided this technology intervention to improve and upgrade the product development of micro, small, and medium-scale businesses and strengthen their production. 

The initiative aims to ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices and meet the minimum requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration for food manufacturers. Cotabato S & T Center Head, Norhaya Sumaluyan, RN, led the turnover ceremony with MOST Bangsamoro Director-General, Engr. Abdulrakman Asim; Director II of Technical Management and Operation Services, Nasrodin U. Buisan, RCh; Chief Science and Technology Services Division, Monawara Abdulbadie, LPT; Chief Administrative Officer, Ramla Bituanan-Lantong also assisted in the program; Hashim Manticayan; Mayor Bruce Matabalao of Cotabato City, represented by Atty. Nes Hashim Lidasan; and BPDA Mohajirin T. Ali, represented by Nomaire Mustapha. 

At the turnover ceremony, BDG Engr. Asim expressed MSMEs hope for their betterment. “Congratulations to the beneficiaries! We hope that with the support and assistance of MOST, your business organization will develop, sustain itself, and be competitive in the mercado,” said Engr. Asim. 

Meanwhile, Buisan, Director II of TMOS, congratulated each cooperative and emphasized the importance of providing intervention to MSMEs. “We help MSMEs to provide mass production of their products through the technological intervention of MOST.

We support them to improve and remain progressive throughout their business journey,” said Buisan. Atty. Lidasan, Chief of Staff and representative of Cotabato City Mayor Bruce Matabalao, expressed optimism for the cooperatives that received MOST's intervention and encouraged them to unite for a common goal. 

BDG Ali of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, represented by Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Mustapha, said that this effort creates opportunities and empowers MSMEs to adopt innovative technologies.

 "We are happy to note that the TTCP allows MSMEs to add value to their product, thereby attracting more customers, generating jobs, and boosting their income and profits,” Ali added. 

The MSMEs that have been given assistance from the MOST technology intervention were Biniruan Pancit Producer Cooperative, Pagalamatan United Farmers Cooperative, Tomas M. Alonzo Food Enterprises, Alternative Herbal Soap Making, Nidas Bibingka Delicacies, Umpungan nu mga Babay sa Bagua II, Yams Premium Ice Candy, Nurhamza Creamy Peanut Butter, and Kuya Dan & Friends Special Lumpia Wrapper. 

The assistance received by beneficiaries are under the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program (TTCP) and the Bangsamoro Empowerment through Science and Technology (BEST). 

Under the TTCP, established business organizations will receive a package of technology intervention, including values transformation training (VTT), technology training, the provision of processing equipment, production site renovation, assistance in halal testing and analysis, and assistance in obtaining an FDA License to Operate.

BEST beneficiaries, who start a business organization, can get VTT, technology training, and processing equipment. The cooperatives present at the activity expressed gratitude and appreciation to the ministry for the support provided. “We thank Allah SWT and MOST for providing this assistance with utmost generosity. Thanks to the support of MOST, the quality of our products has improved and increased," said Casmiri Jamiri, Yams Premium Ice Candy Owner. 

Grateful, Tomas Alonzo, TMA Food Enterprises President said, "We are grateful to MOST for helping us improve our business production and generate more income." MOST has further strengthened its efforts to empower MSMEs in the Bangsamoro region, helping them develop through S & T intervention to contribute significantly to the economic growth of the Bangsamoro region.