News From : DagangHalal.com (04 Aug 2009)
Dipolog City (4 August) — The In-glass Sardines of Dipolog Association (ISDA), an organization of bottled sardines processors here was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Citations for best practices for improving productivity and efficiency.
This was learned from Engr. Noel Bazan, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Zamboanga del Norte.
Engr. Michael Cases, president of ISDA and Director Bazan personally received the award from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Manila last month.
Bazan said, “it’s a great achievement for ISDA as it bested other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) nationwide,” and this is the third national recognition received by the association. The first was the Model Provincial Cluster Award in 2007 given by the Export Development Council and the other was the Outstanding OTOP award in 2008.
Bazan also disclosed that the convergence of the different government agencies and private sector through the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program contributed so much to the success of the bottled sardines industry in the province.
Bottled sardines processing is no longer concentrated in Dipolog City but is now spread in other coastal towns of the province.
In a related development, ISDA president Cases will fly to Brunei Darussalam to attend the BIMP-EAGA Business Conference and Trade Expo 2009 on August 5-9 at the International Convention Center, Bandar Seri Begawan.
During the said trade expo, the products of Zamboanga del Norte like bottled sardines, dried mangoes and mango puree which are all HALAL certified will be showcased.
This business trip is an offshoot of the recent award received by the association. “With this, we are hopeful that we can now start to market our HALAL certified products to our Muslim brothers in the BIMP-EAGA region,” Bazan stressed. (DTI-ZN/PIA-ZN)
Source: PIA Press Release