The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Benguet State University (BSU), and the
Prudencio M Reyes 88 Development Corporation (PRM88DC) signed a partnership agreement to
develop the local research, technology, and marketing of organically sourced wine and tea products on January 26, 2023, at Giraffe Hotel, Baguio City.

BSU President Felipe S. Comila said that the Research and Development Department was set to provide the scientific production of the materials and the experiments for the best teas and wines for the local and international markets. The required technology and equipment for the products
would be provided by the DOST, according to Regional Director Nancy Bantog, while the marketing and promotions would be handled by the PMR88DC under Mr. Jhun Reyes.

DOST Undersecretary Sancho Mabborang said that a science-based and market driven research and development of locally produced wines and tea are needed. He said these must be levelled up to the same standards as other countries. BSU Professor VI, Imelda Degay, commented that the
university agreed to present by February the proposals for the initial items for study to the DOST.

She said that the Gepah leaves which are abundant in the Cordillera is top in the list of organically grown crops for further development. This could be dried and placed in tea bags for steeping according to world standards. She noted that the DOST will be asked to fund the machines and production needs to bring the stocks to the market. The coffee wine made from Arabica pulp is another product that they want to promote.

Meanwhile, Reyes said that the volume production would be acquired by his company for distribution to local and international outlets. He added the industry must guarantee the standards and continuous availability by sharing the technology with communities or groups. Usec Mabborang noted that with DOST support the outputs would benefit more Filipinos over time.


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