A partner-beneficiary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7 was recently awarded one of the top 5 finalists for National Best Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Adoptor in the country.
The Bohol Bee Farm, a hotel resort and food production company engaged in organic food production and eco-tourism services on Panglao Island, Bohol, was chosen as the 2017 BEST SETUP Adoptor (regional Level) during the Regional Science and Technology Week held at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City in June 2017.
Owned by the Victoria Sandidge, the Bohol Bee Farm is a beneficiary of the DOST 7 funding and technical assistance to boost the productivity and profitability of its organic food business. Her products include organic ice cream, spread, bread and other products whose ingredients are mostly sourced from within the farm of the eco-tourist resort.
As a partner-beneficiary of the DOST 7 under SETUP, her business was able to avail of funding assistance for the acquisition of a brand new ice cream machine that enables it to increase its production from 40 gallons a day to an average of 250 gallons a day.
The DOST also provided the Bohol Bee Farm technical support to raise the packaging and shelf-life quality of its products to excellent standards.
The awarding of National Best SETUP Adoptor was held as part of the nationwide celebration of National Science and Technology Week last July 11-15, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 2214, as amended by Republic Act 169 of 1993. The purpose of celebration is to provide “an opportunity to focus regional and national attention on the contribution of science and technology to national development and to give recognition and appreciation to outstanding accomplishments and personalities in science and technology”. (DOST)