Another entrepreneur received assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), DOST released last Monday June 8, 2015, the check to Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Uy of The Nutcracker Homemade Products, a firm producing different kinds of peanut-based products.

The Accelerated Shelf-life Evaluation Laboratory (ASEL) of the Department of Science and Technology Region X (DOST X) finally reached a milestone in completing the terms of the financial program entered into upon its inception in 2003 with Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI). Under the program, DOST X agreed to adhere to the provisions of 70%/30% financing scheme and for TAPI to fully recover its total amount of investment. The last and final quarterly remittance of PHP71, 139.44 was made in March 2015. TAPI fully recovered the total amount of SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY SIX THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR PESOS & 44/100 (PHP726, 434.44) from ASEL. ASEL is expected to progressively operate and generate income for the national government onwards.

Mr. Nicasio F. Engallado is a rice farmer and is an advocate of ecologically sound farming in Tongantongan, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Together with his wife, Mrs. Fatima E. Engallado, they started the company on August 1997 with the registered name as Engallado’s Nature Farm and Natural Food Products.

The company focuses on the production of organic rice and its by-products. They are the recipient of the series of intensive trainings on Sustainable Agriculture conducted by the Sustainable Agriculture Center of Xavier University (SAC-XU), College of Agriculture, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City.
Recently, the Department of Agriculture gave an award to Mr. Nick Engallado as the National Organic Rice Achiever.

Angel’s Log is a “country-kitchen” style bakeshop that focuses on creating and selling products that are fresh, preservative-free, of excellent quality and as the customers say, “Lami!”. (translation: Yummy!)

The company is registered with the Department of Trade and Industry and Local Government of Valencia as Sole Proprietorship.

Dissatisfaction could sometimes lead to a fortune. This is what happened to a former saleslady who was not satisfied with working for others and wants to be her own boss.

Merofe Suico used to work as saleslady but was not satisfied with her salaries, worrying about her growing family. She resigned from her job and started her own business—cooking native foods (kakanin). She observed, however, that her ‘kakanin’ products’ shelf-life is too short, perishable, thus, she looked for other food products to venture on. She tried peanut processing like peanut turon and pinato and has since successful in marketing her peanut products.