The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry will turnover P1.47 million worth of equipment to 10 start-up food processing firms in Negros Occidental next month, to help them become more competitive and to grow their businesses.
MBCCI Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said yesterday that this program is in partnership with the Technology and Livelihood Development Center of the Negros Occidental provincial government to help startups which have been in the business for about a year or two.
The equipment will be purchased within the month and will be turned over in February to food processing enterprises in various areas in Negros Occidental to help them upgrade their businesses by reducing manual labor, Carbon said.
These food-processing firms are still not qualified to apply in the Department of Science and Technology’s Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP, since they are not operational for more than three years, he also said.
The SETUP program can provide the technology needed by local businesses to upgrade their processes and increase productivity.
While these businesses are still young, the MBCCI aims to give them the opportunity to upgrade their processes through the machineries that the chamber will provide, Carbon said.
Most of these firms are family businesses and MBCCI intends to fully automate their process to generate more income and employment within their community.
MBCCI will also help in packaging their products, and marketing to bigger markets, like in Bacolod City, he said.*
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