FPAZ lauds Alavar for active participation in DOST program PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2011 15:29

The Food Processor Association of Zamboanga (FPAZ) has lauded one of its members for his active participation in the Department of Science and Technology ‘s Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) which brings technical development and skill upgrading in the countryside.

FPAZ president Edsel Acuña and the association commended Miguel “Mike” Camins Alavar for his expertise shared to the TAPI and DOST through the Science and Technology Experts Pool Program (STEPP) which is now on its 19th year with program involving more than 2,500 experts nationwide specializing in various fields of Science and Technology.

Alavar was cited for his extensive knowledge in food processing of marine products, bottle technology and plant development for micro scale enterprises for the last 15 years.

The program provides expert services, technical assistance/advisory services, trouble shooting, training and seminars to support activities that promote technology transfer and commercialization, productivity enhancement and technical development/skill upgrading in the countryside.

For calendar year 2010-2011, a directory of Experts Pool under the STEPP will be prepared on per cluster region basis (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) to include academic institution, private and government agencies. The Expert Pool program will be useful for DOST clients who need access to information on the services of experts in the region. 

Alavar has worked with institutions such as Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Congresswoman Beng Climaco’s Beng Livelihood Caravan, Congressman Mariano Piamonte (A Teacher party list), Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ), People’s Micro Finance Corporation (PMFC), Save the Children Foundation of the USAID, Department of Trade and Industry-Masbate (Rural Micro Enterprises Promotion Program, ARMM (Tawi-Tawi) Tourism Council.

He is also credited as a private sector which is a counterpart of Councilor Gerky Valesco’s City Ordinance Number 325 establishing the “Producto de Zamboanga Pasalubong Center” at the Plaza Pilar and the training module “comprehensive livelihood food processing program” that is now introduces in other places in the country like Masbate province and in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).    

“It speaks of the kind of man Mike Alavar is”, a man full of dedication and passion to his craft. He will contribute a big help to the thousands of micro, small and medium scale enterprises in the region and the association is very proud of him,” Acuña said. — Dan Toribio Jr.