Diploma in packaging technology program launched to aid packaging industry

ILOILO CITY, March 19 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) collaborated with Central Philippine University (CPU) to launch the Diploma in Packaging Technology program.

In a virtual launching held March 17, DOST-6 regional director Engr. Rowen Gelonga said the post-baccalaureate diploma program is a response to the needs of the country’s packaging industry which involves not only the manufacturing and industry sectors but critically as well, the government or the public sector.

“This collaboration not only ensures that we are able to give the necessary technical assistance to our agri-entrepreneurs in terms of product packaging, but more importantly, create a pool of experts in packaging science and technology within the government, academe and the private sector,” he said.

Gelonga said they recognize the wide scope and the economic importance of the packaging sector particularly in an archipelagic country like the Philippines.

“Packaging is of critical importance in ensuring that goods, particularly food, are sustainably produced, distributed and consumed in a safe and economical manner,” he said.

He said that post-harvest losses and spoilage can be minimized, while the value of agricultural and fishery products can be maximized with the right packaging technology.

“These experts will not merely be involved in providing technical assistance to our farmers, fisherfolks and processors but more importantly, assist in crafting the needed policies and regulations as well as develop programs and projects that will address socio-economic development constraints related to food security, consumer welfare and industry competitiveness,” he added.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña lauded DOST-6 in forging partnership with DA-6 to assist local farmers, fisherfolks and agribusiness enterprises to improve the packaging of its various products and commodities. 

“We are thankful for DA6 for providing the funding support amounting to P7.5M for the provision of a wide range of packaging related assistance to various local produce in Western Visayas,” he said.

De la Peña said the Diploma Course in Packaging Technology is vital for key players in strengthening and developing their capacity to provide quality assistance to its beneficiaries. 

“The program is likewise an opportunity for CPU to also look into offering a Master’s Degree Program eventually,” he added.  (JSC/LTP/PIA6 Iloilo)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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