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31 August 2021

Recognizing the crucial role of proper packaging and label designs in boosting the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the local and international markets, DOST-CAR has conducted a forum with stakeholders in Kalinga and Mountain Province on August 26-27, 2021.

DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog led the event, which is in the run-up to the establishment of a regional Packaging Innovation Center (PIC) in La Trinidad, Benguet. Subsequently, beneficiaries composed of firms and organizations in the areas enrolled under the DOST-CAR’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Local Grants-In-Aid program were awarded short-run printing designs.

There were six beneficiaries in Bontoc, Mountain Province, namely: Munfiaron Kaleo Organization, Tingey Farmers Org., Nesmar Enterprise, Local Government Unit of Bauko, Betwagan Pewong Irrigators Association Inc., and Besao Organic Planters Assoc.; and 5 in Tabuk City, Kalinga on August 27, namely KALIPI-Malagnat, Kalinga State University, Bulanao Multipurpose Cooperative and Kalasag FIA.

DOST-CAR continues to support MSMEs and organizations in the Cordillera communities through the provision of world-class, innovative and sustainable packaging solutions as well trainings and technical and consultancy services.//

PIC in Mountain Province and Kalinga

DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog and DOST-CAR officials together with the beneficiaries, composed of DOST-CAR SETUP- and LGIA-assisted firms and groups, during the forum on packaging and labeling services and awarding of short-run printing services in Bontoc, Mountain Province on August 26, 2021 (top photo) and Tabuk City, Kalinga on August 27, 2021 (bottom photo).