Jasmin Donaal, provincial Department of Science and Technology(DOST) director, said Shaquil Food Products was chosen one of the five finalists out of 16 regional entries. The awards as regional winner and finalists were accepted by its owners, Breinda Alvendo Gup-ad and husband Rey Gup-ad and witnessed by DOST-Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) Director Nancy Bantog.
It can be recalled that Shaquil Food Products represented CAR for the Search for the Best SETUP Adoptor Award, and the first time for Kalinga to win as regional winner and adoptor since the institutionalization of the Award in 2012.
Out of six firms from CAR that joined the exhibits, various products of three firms from Kalinga were featured in the OneStore Hub that sold DOST-assisted products.
Our Tribe Food Products exhibited Kalinga Blend (coffee), Shaquil Food Products on variants of fruit wines, and JAC Farms on Arabica and Robusta coffee, Donaal said.
Kalinga coffee was also featured on the Innovation Lounge where beverages from DOST-assisted products were served.
DOST Usec. for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano chose Kalinga Blend as token from CAR for the guests and the coffee product of Nalyawan Multi-Purpose Cooperative from Tanudan for speakers during the forum.
Donaal said the Community Empowerment for Science and Technology (CEST) project in Tanudan, one among five CEST projects in the Philippines was featured during the presentation of accomplishments in the forum on CEST.
Kalinga State University represented by Vice President for Research Development, Extension and Training Dr. Marymina Odiem also joined in the booth opening ceremonies and SETUP forum. (PIA Kalinga)