by BA Recebido
Sorsogon City (14 August) — Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Sorsogon province should venture on pili farming and product development due to its promising local and foreign marketability, according to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) branch here.
Eleanor A. Eco, DBP branch manager here, said the pili industry offers a very good opportunity for the locals, wherein they can avail of the credit facility under the One Town One Product (OTOP) supported by DBP that provides capitalization for the business.
Eco, however, recommended that it would be something original and of better value if business ventures will not focus on pili sweet products alone, rather develop products such as pili jelly roll, bread with pili spread or pili inspired filling, pudding, cake, pastries and even ice cream, among others.
“I observed in Sorsogon, that seldom such pili food products are made. In most cases, pili products are limited only to candies or other simple confectioneries”, she said.
Eco said DBP specifically promotes pili because it is one among the many indigenous product of Sorsogon with high nutritive value.
“Pili food products will surely be a’click’ to many especially that nowadays people tend to become more health conscious,” she stresse