Amabelle's Cakes & Pastries, a business based in Barangay Villacorte, municipality of Olutanga in, Zamboanga Sibugay, had recently received funding worth Php 315,700.00 for equipment and productivity upgrades from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) IX. With the current pandemic situation, the provision of the said funding hopes to help address the issue on food security in the island.
The amount will be used for the procurement of baking equipment such as a three-layered cake chiller, 12 cubic feet upright chiller, a heavy duty 6-quartz cake mixer, a stainless steel cooling rack, kitchen utility rack, and working table as well the construction of the production area.
The firm recorded an average of 248 orders of cakes and pastries per year with product pricing as low as ₱500.00, making an annual average gross income of ₱865,000. With the assistance by DOST, the firm is expected to increase at least 25% in production and income.
With the expansion of the production capacity and the construction of the new building of the said firm, Ms. Amabelle Camoy, proprietor, hopes to employ two additional workforce to assist her in the production and sales.
This year, a total of fourteen million, six-hundred forty-eight thousand and eighty pesos (₱14,648,080) have been allocated to 12 MSMEs in Zamboanga Sibugay by the agency’s The Provincial Science and Technology Center - Zamboanga Sibugay (PSTC-ZSP). The 12 SETUP projects are distributed under the following business sectors: agriculture / aquaculture / forestry and horticulture (06), food processing (04), information and communications technology and electronics (01), and metals and engineering (01).
The local MSMEs assisted are as follows: BLGU Achasol, Berbana Rice Mill, RJ Bakeshop, Cassy's Sweet Bites & Grill, Rendon Rice Mill, The Project Computer Services & Enterprises, Rosemarry Rice Retailing, Brito's Rice Mill, Remitera Bakery, G.D. Motor Parts, Zamora Rice Mill, and Amabelle's Cakes & Pastries.
Overall, the technology upgrading of the SETUP-assisted firms in Zamboanga Sibugay translated to about ₱67,796,559 in gross sales, improvement in productivity averaging to about 59%, and a total of 93 employment opportunities were generated for the locals within their respective communities.