Products must be packaged well to increase shelf life especially for food products, improve handling and protection and ultimately improve their marketability. In addition the export market requires appropriate labeling of food products in response to the demand of the highly environment and health conscious consumers.

DOST established the Packaging R & D Center in its Bicutan Compound to assist MSMEs in developing functional designs for packages, identifying and developing suitable or alternative packaging materials especially from indigenous sources. However, there is a need to establish three or four similar Centers in strategic areas in the country to better serve the needs of more MSMEs especially those in the regions.

The Packaging Center's commitment for the future involves the continuous upgrading of its packaging facilities; enhancing its manpower capability to deliver highest quality of services; installing state of the art information technology service on packaging trends, standards, regulations, patents, and technical journals/references; and widening of external linkages.

Ma. Teresa D. Alcantara
Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. V

Packaging Research and Development Center
Industrial Technology and Dev't. Institute (DOST), DOST Bldg.
Taguig, Metro Manila
Tel: (632) 837-2071 / 832-7530
Fax: (632) 837-3167