By: Jennifer Palaganas
    Science Research Specialist I, ICS

Examine most of the native, natural material based products in the global market, and you will not fail to see the ‘Pinoy touch’ somewhere, be it on the choice of raw materials used or to the craftsmanship that captures a discriminating buyer’s eye.  Ric-Jo bag products are prime examples that exhibit these.   

Ric-Jo Enterprise’s owners started as a supplier of weaving materials to those engaged in woven bag making in the metropolis in 2001.  At first, it was a very promising business supplying buntal fibers extracted from buri palm to  bag producers whose market were largely international.  However, payment collection from bag makers became a problem prompting the company to shift from supplier to becoming a bag maker themselves.  It was a tough decision considering that Mr. and Mrs. Ric and Jocelyn Pacheco, only borrowed a secondhand, heavy-duty sewing machine from a relative to start production and an initial capital of PhP 500.00.  But this did not deter them from competing with their former bag maker clients.  Instead it challenged them to work harder and better to penetrate the markets with their own creative designs and innovative styles.  Thus, their buntal fiber bags gained customers not only in the local market outlets (SM Kultura and Rustans) but also clients in the USA, Japan and Dubai.  The demand was so overwhelming that it required the expansion of the production capability of the company.   

The couple sought the assistance of DOST-NCR SETUP to avail of the necessary equipment upgrades of the company such as three (3) units of binding machines and two (2) units of high speed zigzag/straight machines.  These machines doubled the production output of the company.  Ranging from 200 pcs assorted bags a month, the company now is producing 500 assorted types of bags per month.  The SETUP interventions has also reduced rejects or reworks and improved the finished quality of their products. Further S&T interventions provided under the program included the provision of a training on synthetic and natural dyeing technology. These new capabilities boosted the company’s confidence in aggressively marketing their products both local and abroad.  The company was able to create more styles and more innovative and creative designs since they have been capacitated with the upgrade of their equipment.  As a respectable producer of natively made bags, Ric-Jo has finally weaving a secure place in the local and international markets. 




There was a time, as the popular song goes, when lolo’s and lola’s bahay kubo was filled with assorted vegetables. Those days have since become just a fond memory for most and an unknown concept to today’s children. Today, people build malls and supermarkets to supply the ever-growing food demand.

There is a group in Marikina, however, that seeks to bring back the good old days of families being self-sufficient when it comes to food: the Twinville Homeowner’s Association, Inc. (THAI).

Made up of senior citizens from the Twinville Homeowner’s Association, the group hopes to imbibe in the youth the need for urban agriculture, not only to grow vegetables for their family’s consumption, but also as an income-generating activity for the senior citizens of the community who can sell their produce to the city government and in supermarkets.

Aided by the Department of Science and Technology, the members of the association learned the mechanics of SNAP hydroponics and Enriched Potting Preparation (EPP) techniques from the experts of DOST NCR and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), who also provided them with SNAP Hydroponics andEPP kits for establishment of the Twinville Urban Agriculture Center.

SNAP hydroponics is a novel system of growing plants without soil. It usesstyropor or any shallow box or basin as the medium and a nutrient solution containing essential elements needed by the plant to grow. EPP, on the other hand, is an award-winning urban gardening technology that uses nutrient-rich compost soil extract and a specialized watering and aeration-efficient container made from used plastic bottles.

Through the use of SNAP hydroponics and EPP, the members of THAI are able to produce vegetables, herbs and spices in their own subdivision; S&T-based garden of assorted vegetables just like in the old Bahay Kubo song. More important, the story of the Twinville Homeowner’s Association proves that science and technology can address the problems of the present and even that of the future.

For inquiries, please call DOST NCR at 837-3162 or 837-2071 loc. 2017 to 2019


The story behind Pinky’s Goodies is the kind of story that hits close to home, primarily because the company got started out of a mother’s love.

Thirty years ago, the mother of Ms. Pinky Anonuevo, owner of CJA, passed on to her daughter a most precious gift: the family’s secret recipes for making the delectable butterscotch pastries and the all-time favorite biscocho.

The family recipes turned out to be a winner. Ms. Anonuevo soon began producing butterscotch pastries every Christmas and offered them to her friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Later on, the bakery focused on the manufacturing and marketing of butterscotch, biscocho, yema, and ensaymada.

CJA started producing butterscotch in the family kitchen. With the kitchen’s limited capacity, the young company could only accept orders for giveaways during the holiday season. Productions were also done on a per order basis since the shelf life of the product had not yet been established.

Learning about SETUP from her brother, who owns RGies Delicacies in the Visayas, Ms. Anonuevo asked for DOST NCR’s assistance in February 2010. She had a number of reasons for deciding to seek expert help: “We had a hard time getting our license to operate from BFAD because marami silang nakikitang mga kakulangan”. Ms. Anonuevo added that equipment needed to be upgraded and the employees had to be trained.

With DOST NCR’s assistance, the company transferred to a bigger production area in order to, not only implement the recommendations of DOST’s experts, but also to accommodate the newly-acquired equipment from SETUP.

As expected, the package of assistance from DOST did wonders in helping improve the company’s operations. It also eased up the processing of the company’s BFAD’s accreditation. “We got it (license) right away, no question, because they found everything in order”, Ms. Anonuevo happily shared.

But DOST’s assistance did not stop there. DOST also helped CJA for Pinky’s Goodies’ packaging design and execution which will be released next year. The company is also looking to launch their products in the international market. “When they see that the packaging meets the requirements, then hopefully we could go into export, which is my greatest wish. We have always wanted to expand (our market). And the equipment and training that we got from DOST enabled us to do that.”

For inquiries, please call DOST NCR at 837-3162 or 837-2071 loc. 2017 to 2019

Another French company in the Philippines? Guess again. DJM Grandeur Co. is a 100% Filipino-owned manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of products- from food supplements, drinks, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and home-care products.

Starting off as the ESTI-RIAL Manufacturing Co., the company was engaged in the manufacturing and direct selling of pito-pito herbal drink and personal care and home-care products. The company chose to focus their efforts on the pito pito, which is a blend of 7 seeds/leaves of 7 medicinal plants, as its signature product line, infusing value adding processes to improve product quality and safety.

After the company re-launched in 2008 as DJM Grandeur Co. with Geraldine A. Estacio at the helm, pito-pito herbal drink, the company’s signature product, continued to be produced in DOST-ITDI’s Technology Business Incubation facility along with the company’s other product, Tri-C Vit concentrated orange juice drink. DJM Grandeur Co.’s other product lines, on the other hand, which include personal care, home care and home remedy, were produced in the company’s facility in Balintawak, Quezon City.

As its market grew, the company realized that it could not cope with the increasing demand for the product with the limited production time in the TBI facility. This prompted the company to seek SETUP assistance in June 2009 to set up their own food processing facility.

SETUP helped DJM Grandeur to acquire 2 units of steam jacketed kettle, a boiler and a mixing tank. They were also given technical assistance to get the appropriate specifications and equipment ratings. With these improvements, the company was able to realize a 10% increase in production output on its first two months of operation; eliminated crystallization problems that they had before; realized higher raw material recovery; saved on transportation costs; and improved product quality consistency. It also became easier and more doable to comply to Good Manufacturing Practices requirements given the new facility and equipment.

With the improved facility, DJM Grandeur has a number of plans for the near future, including developing new and innovative products utilizing local materials, increasing its market share in areas where their products are already known, constructing a website, pursuing online marketing, generating employment, and, of course, exporting to ASEAN countries.

For inquiries, please call DOST NCR at 837-3162 or 837-2071 loc. 2017 to 2019