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Thursday, March 19, 2015

DOST-IX turns-over P413-T to POEMCO

By Alfonso T. Ruda

POLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-IX through its Zamboanga del Norte provincial office has turned-over P413 thousand check to the People’s Officials, Employees and Community–Multi-Purpose Cooperative (POEMCO) in a simple turnover ceremony on Friday at the municipal hall here.

POEMCO General Manager Roger Ladera personally received from Provincial Director Marcial Dahonan of DOST-Zamboanga del Norte the said amount, which will be used to purchase cassava-processing equipment such as flourmill, hammer mill, feed mixer and electric bag closer.

Under the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the said financial assistance is payable in three years without interest.

The DOST is supporting POEMCO’s project in order to supply the volume of cassava flour needed by the bakeshops in the province.

It was learned that there is an increasing demand for cassava flour as many bakeshops are now using it as substitute for wheat flour.

Presently, the POEMCO is maintaining a 160-hectare lot tilled by its farmer-members and planted with cassava. The produce is delivered to San Miguel Foods Inc. to be processed into animal feeds.

With DOST’s financial assistance, POEMCO hoped to produce 60 bags of flour monthly to be distributed to its six market outlets and 10 bakeries.

The check turnover was witnessed by POEMCO Chairman Mr. Lorimer Olario and DOST technical staff, Merilyn M. Cadag, and other cooperative members.