Launching of the first-ever Smart Food Value Chain Facility and Manufacturing Village featuring Cebu Province’s first on-site and mobile Food Microbiology Laboratory.

The Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative (Lamac MPC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7 launched its pioneering Smart Food Value Chain Facility and Manufacturing Village in Barangay Colonia, Municipality of Tuburan on January 27, 2021. The big event was attended by DOST 7 staff headed by Engr. Jesus F. Zamora Jr., OIC – Office of the Regional Director and other government entities.

The activity started with a holy mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Pepito Batomalaque and followed by the ribbon cutting and blessing of the Smart Food Value Chain Facility and Manufacturing Village.

An important highlight of the facility is its component Food Microbiology Laboratory with the following state-of-the-art equipment funded by DOST: Moisture Analyzer, Water Activity Meter, Microbiology Incubator, Autoclave, pH meter, Biosafety cabinet, and Top loading balance. The laboratory will be providing testing services that would improve the quality and guarantee the safety of products. Aside from the laboratory, the facility includes a unique dual food production area: one for fish processing and another for coco-based commodities. Both areas consist of separate drying, storage, changing, packaging, and receiving zones.

Presenting the rationale of the project, Engr. Zamora said that when they saw the proposal wherein it could greatly help the farmers and the people in the countryside, they undoubtedly wanted to help fulfill the project. He added that LAMAC MPC is the backbone of the project and congratulated them for accepting the challenge to foster countryside development.

In a virtual message, Senator Cynthia Villar commended the efforts of the DOST in innovating the country’s supply chain to help the Food Manufacturing Industry adapt to the new normal and in generating market opportunities for farmers. While in behalf of Lamac MPC, Mrs. Elena Limocon thanked everyone who supported the project and expressed her plan to expand the facility in the Municipality of Asturias to benefit more communities.

The Smart Food Value Chain Facility and Manufacturing Village would not only extend the services of the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory of DOST 7 but at the same time provide access to niche markets, livelihood opportunities, and food self-sufficiency in the western side of Cebu and other neighboring areas. (by: PSTC CEBU)