Food Innovation Center established at BSU

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera and the Benguet State University (BSU) launched the Food Innovation Center (FIC) in the Cordillera Administrative Region here last week.


DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano and DOST-CAR OIC Regional Director  Nancy Bantog with BSU President Dr. Feliciano Calora and Agri-based Technology Business Incubator Center Director Dr. Ruth Diego led the ribbon cutting and inauguration of the FIC at the Strawberry Farm lot at KM 6, this town owned by the BSU.

Manzano said that the establishment of the FIC in the Cordillera is a milestone for the improvement and value-adding and the creation of new food products in the region using   new technology.

FICs are established in each region of the country to serve as hub for innovations, research and development, and support services for value-adding of fresh produce and development of processed foods.

Manzado bared that the DOST in partnership with the various state college and universities has already established 18 FICs throughout the country with more than 2,000 new food products developed using locally manufactured equipment through the various DOST attached agencies.

The FIC in the Cordillera is in collaboration with the DOST and the BSU to provide the local food industry efficient facilities that would enhance their capabilities and productivity enabling them to improve their value chain activities.

DOST–CAR FIC Focal Person Dr. Pepita Picpican explained that the FIC aims to transform concepts into products and enable product innovation and diversification to maximize value addition to diverse agricultural and fishery resources.

It also standardizes local processing technologies to establish quality standards for new products of the Cordillera region. It will also help design packaging for Cordillera products that retain uniqueness, improve marketability, withstand limitations in transport system and comply with standards and regulations in domestic and export markets.

At the moment, the FIC is processing strawberries and vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, string beans, potatoes and dried sweet potato flour into newly improved products which is seen to have a potential market. The FIC team is still conducting research for other raw crops and vegetables to be developed as new food products.

Calora, meantime, assured the support of BSU   as a partner for the development of the region in terms of providing quality research, quality products and quality education. As part of the product development, they would like to introduce more food products focusing on the niche commodities of the region particularly the temperate vegetables.

DOST and BSU are encouraging individuals and organizations including micro, small and medium entrepreneurs and other local food processors to avail of the services of the FIC.

The facility is open to those intending to develop new products, academe and students for the conduct of research and development into product or process development, and other sectors interested to test their product concepts or ideas.  It can also serve as a demonstration and instructional facility for education of students and training of industry and government personnel. Redjie Melvic Cawis (ALT/RMC/I. Soriano & J. Garcia-PIA CAR/ SLU Interns) 


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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