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Potato wine equipment launched in Moncada

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Export quality wine is produced by the wine makers of Moncada, Tarlac Export quality wine is produced by the wine makers of Moncada, Tarlac

Tarlac City – June 5, 2015

Sweet potato wine is one of the prized products of the town of Moncada in Tarlac. Mayor Benito E. Aquino expressed his gratitude to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for providing additional equipment for the wine making of the town’s wine makers in a launching ceremony held on May 29, 2015 at the El Vino de Benito Wine Manufacturing Plant in Moncada, Tarlac. The ceremony was attended by wine makers, local government officials and DTI officials led by Provincial Director Agnes B. Ramirez, Division Chief Benigno Dayrit, and Divina Gracia Ramos. Vina Bagasmad, project manager of the Sweet Wine manufacturing project, also attended the event.

Mayor Aquino thanked DTI for supporting the potato wine manufacturing of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tarlac. He pledged to procure the necessary additional materials that are needed to improve the project. Sweet potato wine is said to have export potentials and will increase the income of potato growers in Moncada and nearby towns.

DTI Provincial Director Agnes B. Ramirez turned over the equipment to Mayor Aquino as the LGU-Cooperator for the project. The equipment are composed of a heavy duty gas stove, chest freezer and 2 stainless tables which will be used by the beneficiaries to produce the unique potato wine that the town is known for. The provision of equipment to MSMEs is part of DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program. Under the program, DTI will purchase and lend the appropriate equipment that may be needed by groups of MSMEs who cannot afford them. The equipment will be managed by the Local Government Unit or a cooperator organization of MSMEs and will be used on a “shared” basis, thereby expanding their access to facilities they can use to improve their production and income.