To increase the compliance of Ivatan food sectors to food safety standards the Department of Science and Technology Region 02 (DOST-RO2) led by Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang through PSTC-Batanes headed by Ms. Nora T. Garcia launched the DOST-PLGU-BSC Lab TRIP (Testing Resources for Innovative Products) on December 7, 2020 via Facebook Live Streaming.
With the presence of the established laboratory, the various tests which facilitate the acquiring FDA-License to Operate, Certificate on Good Manufacturing Practices, and the like will be fast-tracked unlike before.
Thankful of the project, Hon. Marilou H. Cayco, PLGU-Batanes Governor said that this will give an opportunity to the Ivatan food processors to assure the safety and standards of their products.
“We believe that with the Lab TRIP, the production and development of food products will surely accelerate”, said Gov. Cayco.
On the other hand, Batanes Representative Hon. Ciriaco Gato emphasized that this shared commitment will bring the people of Batanes closer in harnessing Science and Technology in their endeavors.
Furthermore, DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation, Ms. Leah J. Buendia said that this project will raise the popularity of Batanes not just in tourism sector but in Food processing as well.
The laboratory offers services such as Analysis on Water, Chemical Analysis on Wine and Vinegar, and Chemical Analysis on Root Crop Chips and other products.
Prior to the launching, DOST and BSC have conducted series of workshops and trainings in the food laboratory to provide basic microbiology training, processing, packaging and other basic analysis to individuals from BSC, Provincial health Office, the Batanes National Science High School who will later serve as the laboratory analysts of the project.