PLGU DavOr to implement P575k hot chili processing project in Baganga town

Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon (2nd from left), together with Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie C. Bendulo (far left), accepts a check amounting to P500,000 from DTI OIC Provincial Director, Jose Calub, for the implementation of the Yaman Pinoy on Hot Chili

Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon (2nd from left), together with Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie C. Bendulo (far left), accepts a check amounting to P500,000 from DTI OIC Provincial Director, Jose Calub, for the implementation of the Yaman Pinoy on Hot Chili

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Aiming at producing high quality hot chili products, the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental is implementing a project that would capacitate farmers and processors on good farming, manufacturing and processing of hot chili in the typhoon Pablo-hit town of Baganga.

Bankrolled by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) amounting to P500,000 and a counterpart fund from LGU Baganga amounting to P75,000, this project entitled Yaman Pinoy on Hot Chili Processing is being realized through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) assistance project of the national government.

In the implementation of BuB projects, only LGUs, such as the Province of Davao Oriental, which are recipients of Good Financial Housekeeping – a component of the Seal of Good Local Governance conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are entitled to implement the project.

Targeting a total of 60 hot chili farmers and processors, the project’s primary objective is to improve the productivity level of hot chili farmers and processors through different capacity-building and enhancement training programs and seminars that will ensure that the products will pass the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In addition, the project is also deemed to help in creating employment opportunities, generate investments for hot chili industry, and ultimately, in generating domestic and export sales for hot chili products.

By tapping experts on hot chili production, the project not only comprises a series of capability-building training programs and seminars but also deals with the development of packaging and product labels that would increase marketability and promotion of the chili products. The project will also conduct techno-transfer trainings for product quality and sustainability, product promotion and marketing through its participation to trade fairs and exhibits, market matching and productivity enhancement programs.

The DTI said that through convergence of the relevant national government agencies, local government units and private sector organizations, the sustainability of the project is, thus, ensured.

Becoming one of the most reliable alternative source of income in the typhoon Pablo-hit areas, particularly in the town of Baganga, the DTI said that the hot chili production and processing is strongly pursued by the national and local governments because of its climate-resiliency and huge contribution to the local income generation.  

Meanwhile, DTI added that with the high demand of chili products, both in the local and foreign markets, the suitability of the project is further ensured.

“What is important is to ensure the quality of supply of fresh and dried chili in order to meet the demand of the market for processed chili products,” said the DTI. PIO/Phot by Joel Owano

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