The centre will function as a research and development hub outside Manila for food production and the processing of crops into high value products.
“With the creation of the Food Innovation Centre here in Ilocos Norte, we shift opportunities from Manila to the countryside and increase economic development in the regions. The Filipinos are blessed because of their creativity to produce new products through science and technology,” said science chief Mario G. Montejo.
The science department is aiming to develop the Filipino food processing industry into one that can manufacture around 4,000 new products each year.
So far, it has committed to develop around 2,000 new products from a variety of agricultural crops, Montejo said.
“Through this initiative we will be able to encourage business owners to go into the food processing industry since we have the technology business incubator programme that will support this,” said the university’s Fe R. Franco.