Pinoy GOURmix: Cagayan Valley’s pride to SOCCSKSARGEN’s champion complete food product

In partnership with DA-SOCCSKSARGEN, DA-Cagayan Valley Research Center (CVRC) awarded technology transfer agreement on  Pinoy GOURmix production to the Municipal Rural Club of Antipas on 2 June 2022 at Balindog Research Experiment Station, Kidapawan City, Cotabato. 

As the chosen partner manufacturer and distributor, 25 participants from the Municipal Rural Club of Antipas participated in the actual hands-on training. Vanessa Joy F. Calderon of DA-CVRC started a lecture on the current status of Pinoy GOURmix in the market followed by the demonstration on the step by step procedure of producing GOURmix Food Products. 

 Khristiny Tamayo, Municipal Rural Club of Antipas chairperson , expressed her gratitude to the partnership among DA agencies—Cagayan Valley, SOCCSKSARGEN, and BAR. Further, she expressed the group’s interest in adopting other developed products of DA-CVRC. 

DA-CVRC and DA-SOCCSKSARGEN will be assisting the Municipal Rural Club of Antipas in establishing the production and marketing of GOURmix in the region. The utilization of yellow corn in gourmix production was also considered as this is abundant in the said region. 

“With this, it can be concluded that successful technology transfer entails good partnership between people. But more importantly, the common goal of spreading quality technology for the public good,” DA-Cagayan Valley regional technical director Rose Mary Aquino said. 

DA-CVRC developed the Pinoy GOURmix in 2014. Since then, continuous product development from processing to packaging and labeling have been made for mass production and commercialization. 

Fast forward to 2020, another DA-BAR-funded project supported the upscaling and commercialization of the enhanced Pinoy GOURmix. A technology agreement was then signed with Providers Multipurpose Cooperative as a partner-manufacturer. 

With one year of implementation, the Providers Multipurpose Cooperative has produced 105, 318 packs or equivalent to a gross income of PhP 4,833,066. Clients of the cooperative include the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and Provincial Local Government Unit of Isabela. 

Pinoy GOURMIx is now  a HALAL-certified product by the Alliance of HALAL Integrated in the Philippines–resulting to possible higher market share  from the Muslim communities in the country. (### Vanessa Joy F. Calderon and Camille O. Francisco)