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VG Elmer de Peralta empowers women and farmers association in Malapatan

The Politiko wants to empower the Aspang Farmers Bla’an Association.

DokVice Project led by Vice Governor Dr. Elmer T. De Peralta, recently conducted a training program in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Malapatan and Matutum View Academy. The training aimed to empower the Aspang Farmers Bla’an Association located in Lower Aspang, Brgy. Poblacion, Malapatan.

The training session featured Ms. Shirlyn C. Econar, a nutritionist from Matutum View Academy in Acmonan, Tupi, South Cotabato, who served as the resource speaker. Ms. Econar shared valuable information about the nutritional benefits of soybeans and highlighted its significance as a versatile and nutritious food source. She discussed the various components of soybeans, such as proteins, amino acids, phytochemicals, antioxidants, isoflavones, and saponins, which contribute to stronger bones and a reduced risk of cancer.

Following the informative lecture, Ms. Econar presented different value-added soybean products that the association could create, including Soy Milk, Tofu blocks, McChicken Leg, Mc. Burger Steak, Tofu Hotdog, Chilled Taho, Sushi, Tofu nuggets, Tofu salads, and Soybean Coffee. The members of the association had the opportunity to experience firsthand the process of preparing these products with minimal ingredients.

Mr. Mark Jovep Arsolon, a DTI representative and Business Counselor, emphasized the importance of product labeling and packaging for future marketing purposes. He encouraged the association to register their business and assured them of full support from DTI Malapatan, particularly in terms of marketing assistance.

Brgy. Kagawad Hon. Mario Binaton also graced the event and challenged the Aspang Farmers Bla’an Association to continue their soybean farming endeavors, recognizing its significance in improving their livelihoods and daily lives. The association’s president, Ptr. Alfie Tage, and its members expressed gratitude for the knowledge and training provided by the DokVice Project. They enthusiastically accepted the challenge to continue soybean production, aiming to make a positive contribution to their community.

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