The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Calabarzon through the Cavite Provincial Science and Technology Center, granted Virgie Lopez, financial assistance for the acquisition of packaging and sealing equipment to improve processing and handling of chips (deep fried snack) from Asian green mussels, popularly known as tahong.

Lopez, owner of Ocean Fresh Tahong Chips, located in Sineguelasan, Bacoor, Cavite received P350,000 in assistance through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), banner project of the science and technology department.

The new equipment enabled the company to produce tahong chips that are consistent in size and thickness. It also considerably increased the rate of packing and sealing of products. The improvement, furthermore, enabled Ocean Fresh to increase production volume by 40 percent resulting in 50 percent more clients. Its
monthly sales also increased by 20 percent.

Ocean Fresh currently averages 10,000 packs of chips monthly. For 2009, Ocean Fresh produced 11,500 kilograms of chips valued at P1.28 million. The company also received a new package design from DOST Calabarzon including additional technical assistance to improved further its production and process systems through the Manufacturing Productivity and Extension (MPEX) program of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute. (DoST4A/PIA Calabarzon)

SOURCE: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p101028.htm&no=23