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a 2b 2Resource speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) converged at the Dalaguete Municipal Legislative Hall last March 31, 2011 to explain to the local delicacies entrepreneurs the legal aspects and the appropriate procedures of legalizing and strengthening their enterprise.

Dr. Elias Tecson, Chief of the Business Development Division of the DTI, emphasized the need for a particular enterprise to have a legal business name, a thing that can be processed in as quickly as ten minutes and a minimal credential requirement of one valid ID card. FDA Supervisor of the Center for Health Development, Ms. Rica Reina Aumentado, reiterated the agency’s requirement that a separate structure other than the entrepreneur’s house must be made wherein to process his or her product. “Such a structure is not necessarily big and well-furnished, as long as it is tidy and conducive to work into,” she added.
   
In his concluding remarks, Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante pledged that the municipality will order in bulk the respective product labels and have it retailed to the entrepreneur concerned at the same wholesale price. Furthermore, he announced that he will look into the possibility of subsidizing the required product analysis of the DOST, which presently costs about a little over P5,000.00 per product.

Locally-made and time-honoured delicacies and beverages (like the tableya, torta, bibingkang linatikan, podrida, tostado, empanada, banana meat, and budbod tinambiran), as well as newly-introduced specialties (like pickled vegetables, camote munchkins, camote doughnuts, and carrot jam), are now in the forefront of the local government unit’s campaign for an empowered local enterprise. The municipality is now looking into providing display areas for above-mentioned delicacies at the Foodlane along the Saint William Parish beach front (near the municipal wharf), at the Fr. Ruperto Sarmiento – National Highway junction (beside the Rodolfo Osorio Building and almost fronting Botica Santa Maria), and at the Mantalongon market area.

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