Bohol Food and Technology

Bohol has now an Integrated Technology, Systems and Support Amenities for Food Enterprises (It's Safe) center to provide a wide range of services to make Boholano products and their packaging safer, better and globally competitive.

Gov. Erico Aumentado and 1st Counselor Sam Zappia of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) led recent inauguration rites for the IT's Center at the NIA Compound in Dao, Tagbilaran City aims

In his message, Aumentado thanked the Australian government – now the top Official Development Assistance (ODA) funder of Bohol – for the latest assistance geared towards poverty reduction.

National Economic and Development Authority-National Statistics Coordination Board (NEDA-NSCB) records show that Bohol is safely out of Club 20, the country's 20 poorest provinces when Aumentado first assumed office as governor in 2001, now occupying 52nd place out of 80 provinces.

The governor is not resting on his laurels though.

He said he sees the new berth as a challenge and deeper motivator to do even more as he steers Bohol to be "10 in 2010" – a province that shall have accomplished 10 targets all-encompassing targets designed to reduce poverty among the Boholanos in 2010.

"Building alliances – as with ODA, local governments, the national government, the business community, people's organizations and non-government organizations, among others – has made possible the realization of the dream of putting up the It's Safe Center," he said.

Among others, the province spent for the renovation of the building housing the center.

For his part, David Swete Kelly, program director of the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (Pacap), the center's principal funder said it was good to help realize a project that was identified by the people themselves as their need in order to better their lives. Pacap contributed around P15 million largely to buy equipment for food testing, processing and packaging for the center.

Meanwhile, Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim said he did not hesitate to join the bandwagon on knowing that the governor already gave his full support to the project. The city government put in P1 million, he said.