MALAYBALAY CITY (PIA)--Mama Nene Homemade Delights, also known locally as Paula’s Bukidnon Delight, has obtained the Certificate of Product Registration for its Pineapple jam through the consultancy and training services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) for food products (beverages, water, canned goods, etc.), food supplements, medicines, and other items if such products will be exported. It is also a requirement of institutional buyers such as malls and supermarkets.
With the newly acquired CPR, this woman-led enterprise can expand its market reach and offer its delicious and high-quality pineapple jam nationwide through various malls, pasalubong centers, and others.
Paula Chiong, the owner, considers this achievement a significant milestone since pineapple jam is the very first product of the business.
"I thought imposible para sa micro nga negosyante nga maka kuha og FDA LTO and CPR. But with the help and guidance of DOST napasayon and napadali kini. This proves nga walay imposible basta naay pasensya, pagkugi, perseverance, and determination. Karon, challenges napud ang atubangon which is to conquer the Philippine market," Chiong said.
(I thought it was impossible for microentrepreneurs to get FDA LTO and CPR. But with the help and guidance of DOST, it was made easier and faster. This proves that nothing is impossible as long as there is patience, hard work, perseverance, and determination. Now, there are challenges to be faced, including conquering the Philippine market)
The firm first acquired the SETUP program. Aside from the technology upgrade, they also have a license for the Enhanced Nutribun Technology from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). The firm is also a beneficiary of the Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) Program through the consulting services of DOST. These programs have helped the company improve its plant layout, food safety, and halal training, which can help boost the firm’s competitiveness and productivity.
The DOST-10 Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories also assisted the company with its laboratory analysis.
Chiong is currently producing 1,000 kilograms of pineapple jam every month—an increase of 66% after DOST intervention—and has produced seven additional products such as pineapple muffins, pineapple ensaymada, Paula’s mango jam, Paula’s langka, Paula’s vinegar, Paula’s vinaigrette, and Paula’s chili Sauce.
Paula’s Bukidnon Delight products are now among the province's most sought-after 'Pasalubong' goods.
The firm also welcomes walk-in visitors to their newly opened café at the Kaamulan Ground, Capitol Compound, Malaybalay City, where their Enutribun facility is situated. (DOST-10 Bukidnon/PIA-10/Bukidnon)