Camiguin dried squid project bags Best SSF Award

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solardrying_driedsquidssf-1MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, August 31 (PIA) – The Kahugpungan sa Masilakong Mananagat (KASAMMA) received the Best Shared Service Facility (SSF) Award during the Negosyo, Konsyumer Atbp. (NKA) event held in Cagayan de Oro City on 17-19 August 2016.

The NKA is just one of the series of “One DTI Services” national caravan which aims to heighten the awareness of the public, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and consumers about the services offered by DTI.

DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno handed the award of recognition to the association’s manager Teresita Ocaba together with other awardees in Northern Mindanao.

KASAMMA is a recipient of DTI Camiguin’s SSF project in 2014. It was chosen as the Best SSF awardee besting other 20 SSF recipients in Camiguin on the basis of criteria set more particularly on the full utilization of the equipment provided to them leading to the outcomes like increase in production volume, market development, growth in sales, jobs generated and number of beneficiaries that has been benefitted of the SSF project.

It is an association located in Sagay town, Camiguin, registered in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on January 2000 with a total of 70 members, mostly composed of fisher folks and their wives. 

DTI noted on the success of their products, the sun dried fish and squid, to the local market, tourists and even to traders from outside the province like Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon.

Through the SSF project, KASAMMA was able to procure good manufacturing practices (GMP) compliant drying and vacuum packaging equipment to enhance the quality of their food products by eliminating the foul odour, increasing its shelf life, standardizing the weights/measures and mechanizing the drying process to be able to cope with market demand even during rainy season. 

Now these products are positioned as pasalubong items, to be able to capture institutional market outside Camiguin.  (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA Cam iNet)

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