December 5, 2022

BANGUED, Abra – The Lacub Sunrise Association received production equipment for banana chips making from the Department of Science and Technology for their livelihood development.

The equipment, worth P106,000,  include  fryers, slicers, weighing scales, packaging sealers, and other kitchen utensils needed for production.

DOST-Abra Director Ralf Sapi-il said this is in line with DOST’s Local Grants-In-Aid (LGIA) Program, which aims to spur economic and livelihood development in communities through technological capabilities.

To capacitate the members on production process, DOST-Abra tapped Jacson’s Homemade Products as its partner in conducting banana chip production training.

Jacson’s enterprise is one of the leading local delicacies producers in the province, which was assisted by government agencies, such as DOST and the Department of Trade and Industry during its humble beginnings.

The participants were taught the detailed process of banana chips making starting from sorting, peeling, slicing, seasoning, frying and even the packaging process for a ready-to-market produce.

They also underwent a session on Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure their products are following food safety standards.

Association President Rosita F. Marcos thanked the initiative of the government in assisting local associations for extra income of their members since Lacub is also identified as a Community Support Program priority area. – Christian Allister G. Tubadeza