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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DOST-ITDI gasifier combustor helps cut fuel consumption, increase production for Pili processor, exporter

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) -- The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Camarines Sur and Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) have introduced a technology to private food processor enterprise that saves on fuel consumption while increases production.

The PSTC and ITDI, under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol regional office, recently installed a gasifier combustor for RPM Food Products based in Barangay Balatan, Naga City venturing on pili candies for export.

Engr. Lorecito M. Pacatang, section head of the Technological Services Division of the ITDI said the technology has since been adopted under the Cleaner Production Technology (CPT), a priority program for DOST’s Outcome 2 (Enterprise Development)

Pacatang said the gasifier combustor costs some P108,000 that uses pili shells for fuel, adding that the equipment utilizes some 60 kilos of the fuel source per day at P5.00/kilo, thus the gasifier combustor  only consumes some P1,800 per week on a six days basis.

Avelina B. Miranda, the firm’s owner and manager, meanwhile lauded the DOST Bicol for this newly acquired technology in December 2015.

“Since then, an amount of P3,000 was saved on our fuel consumption weekly and resulted to 167 percent increase in its pili boat tart production, from 4,200 to 11,200 pieces weekly,” Miranda said.

Also two additional workers, she added, were hired in the pili boat tart section, maximizing the equipment’s heat and production as well.

On environment protection and conservation, the gasifier combustor has also maximized the use of waste materials and reduced pollution emission at the same time.

RPM Food Products is now on its more than four decades of business operation (established in 1975) wherein Miranda was then only selling pili products as an ambulant vendor in the Naga City train station.

Miranda’s feat typifies a success story depicting a typical “sipag at tiyaga” struggle, wherein the firm consistently improved product sales.

In 2009, the firm availed of DOST’s MPEX (Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program) Food Safety Practicum for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP).

These S&T interventions were followed by the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) assistance for packaging equipment in 2013. Since then, RPM Food Products has expanded its product lines from pili boat tart, crispy pili to 20 more pasalubong selections with markets in Bicol, Metro Manila, and abroad.

RPM Food Products had an initial export product sale in Germany. For Taiwan alone, about ten to 30 boxes of pili products are shipped out once or twice monthly.

Miranda, a multi-awarded entrepreneur, sees RPM Food Products as her undeterred legacy in creating perfect Bicolano pasalubong to local and foreign tourists.

 Eagerly awaited is the new five-herb tea from RPM Food Products to be launched soon this year. (MAL/POL-PNF-JAC-DOST5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211454374039/dost-itdi-gasifier-combustor-helps-cut-fuel-consumption-increase-production-for-pili-processor-exporter#sthash.nfLSgWDd.dpuf

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