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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ZAMPEX 2015 caps livelihood techno demo

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Aside from showcasing the best and finest products of Zamboanga Peninsula, the four-day Zamboanga Peninsula Trade Exposition (ZAMPEX) 2015 also featured series of free livelihood technology demonstration for existing micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) and those interested to venture into business.

The techno demo, which is a collaborative effort of the SME Core Group and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9, as its lead agency, hopes to encourage more people become entrepreneurs and help spur economic activity and generate employment in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

There are a total of eight demonstrations mainly on fruit, vegetable, and fish processing conducted by the different government agencies.

The Department of Agriculture (DA)-9 conducted the first demo on fruit and vegetable processing on October 8. This was followed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-9 with a demonstration on fish product processing like Fishball with Squash, Kikiam and Tempura and chocolate molding in the second day of the event.

The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA)-9 demonstrated Abaca handmade paper making while the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) conducted Sardines Pinangat (ZAMPENangat) and fish spread making.

With a maximum of 50 persons participating in each session, the free livelihood technology demonstration has benefitted some 400 persons composed students, entrepreneurs and other interested individuals.