SANTA, Ilocos Sur — National Tobacco Administration head Carlitos Encarnacion has formally announced that the Productivity Growth and Marketing Assistance (PGMA) Multiline Food Processing Plant located at Barangay Labut here is now fully operational.
Encarnacion has been tasked to temporarily manage the PGMA Multiline Food Processing Plant’s operations by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that was signed between the Department of Agriculture through Sec. Domingo Panganiban, the provincial government headed by Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, the National Tobacco Administration and the Philippine Association of Tobacco-based Cooperatives (PATCO) headed by Carlos Cachola.
The MOA has provided that the operations and management of the Multiline be entrusted to the NTA which shall allocate an initial operational fund amounting to P1-M pending the release of the P300-million requested the President through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The NTA head also said that part of the P50-million initially released by DBM was spent mostly for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated buildings and some unfunctional mechanical equipment of the said firm.
“With the rehabilitation and total improvement of the facilities, we can already say that the PGMA Multiline Food Processing Plant is now fully operational. About 1,000 heads of chicken were dressed and processed during the dry run and ceremonial operation of the Multiline,” Encarnacion said.
Encarnacion added that the processing plant has been busy processing pork and banana fruits aside from chicken and other poultry products as earlier mentioned. He said the plant needed around 90 per week supply but this will increase when there is a higher demand.
“We are trying to establish potential markets of these processed products (chicken or pork) in the different local government offices through a salary deduction scheme. Our target market is Region I. But if there are orders coming from other regions especially NCR-Metro Manila, we will still accept their orders,” the administrator said.
Encarnacion even expressed hope that the said agribusiness firm will be accredited as “3 Star Multiline Food Processing Plant.”