DOST helps ONHS establish first kitchen incubator in Romblon
By: Mae Angelica F. Fabito, Marcelina V. Servañez, and Ma. Josefina P. Abilay
Kitchen equipment were awarded to Odiongan National High School (ONHS) by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) last July 3, 2017. The awarding of the equipment was facilitated by the staff of the Romblon Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) led by its Provincial Director, Marcelina V. Servañez, with the presence of ONHS’s Principal IV, Mr. Noel Joseph M. Machon, and the representative of the Odiongan District Supervisor, Mr. Edgar Firmalo.
Set of food processing technologies for primary and secondary processing and quality control were given to ONHS including a food dehydrator, pulverizer, heavy-duty oven, mincer, industrial mixer, temperature-controlled storage bin, heavy-duty juice extractor, dialed thermometer, hand-held refractometer, digital weighing scale, and a sorted string (SS) table. ONHS also received different types of sealer such as induction sealer, impulse sealer, and vacuum sealer. These technologies can be used by food entrepreneur- tenants who use locally abundant raw material for product development.
With all the technologies provided, ONHS aims to establish the first kitchen incubator in Romblon. A kitchen incubator is a fully equipped commercial kitchen that food entrepreneurs can use on a shared-use basis.
The kitchen incubator can foster potential business ventures and help create rich entrepreneurial atmosphere on and off-school. The facility can also give the students and aspiring startup entrepreneurs an opportunity to operate using various kitchen equipment. In addition, it would help nurture micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and encourage the development of new product lines using the major commodities in the province. The risk of cashing out big money to a trial business of aspiring entrepreneurs is reduced since production facility and equipment are already provided.
The facility is open for all interested clients especially for MSMEs and senior high school students in the Department of Education’s K-12 program as it aims to stir up the students’ interest in entrepreneurship and to prepare them for business and lifelong undertakings.
For more details and inquiries, please proceed to DOST Provincial Office located at J.P Laurel St. Brgy. Tabing-dagat Odiongan along Bungoy River beside the new BFAR Building or call the numbers 09989844385 (smart); 09778368162 (globe); (042) 567-5218 (landline) and look for Ms. Mae Angelica F. Fabito.