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Article: MINDANAO Product Guide - 14 Jan 2008

The target areas for this guide are:
1. Tagum City
2. Cagayan de Oro City
3. Dapitan City
4. Davao City
5. Dipolog
6. General Santos City
7. Jose Abad Santos
8. Isabela City
9. Island Garden City of Samal
10. Saranggani
11. Sta. Cruz
12. Sulop
13. Surigao City
14. Zamboanga City


Region XI : Davao del Norte : Tagum City
Processed Food & Beverages : Banana Chips
Banana chips come from fresh harvests of mature green fruit of SABA variety (musa sapeintum var saba) which are deep-fried in oil. It comes in different flavors – as sweetened, unsweetened, honey-dipped, salted, cinnamon flavored, and buyer or consumer preferences. It also comes in different cuts like whole, halves, quartered, broken, diagonal, semi-diagonal, pretzel, nibs, and dice. sweetened, unsweetened, or honey-dipped, and buyer or consumer preferences
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Jose Abad Santos
Processed Food & Beverages : Bottled Mineral Water
Mineral water is water containing minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value. Salts, sulfur compounds, and gases are among the substances that can be dissolved in the water. Mineral water can often be effervescent. Mineral water can be prepared or can occur naturally. In modern times, it is far more common for mineral water to be bottled for distributed consumption particularly in public places like department stores, malls, movie houses, restaurant and many more. At the southernmost tip of Davao del sur, this town is endowed with large forest areas, with 10 major rivers, lakes and a hot spring. This is a place where pristin waters are abundant.

Region XI : Davao del Sur : Kiblawan
Processed Food & Beverages : Fresh and Processed Mango
Mango is one of the major crops in the Municipality. This is gaining prominence considering its suitability to climatic and soil condition. Out of thirty (30) barangays, 24 has considered Mango as the major crop and estimated 43% of the total land area of Kiblawan planted to mango.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Malalag
Processed Food & Beverages : Fresh and Processed (Puree)
Tropical Asian evergreen tree (Mangifera indica) cultivated for its edible fruit. The ovoid fruit of this tree, have a smooth rind, sweet juicy flesh, and a flat one-seeded stone. It is eaten ripe or pickled when green. Mango fruit is process into puree, leather, dried and the like.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Padada
Organic, Herbal & Natural Products : Coco Products and Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut is the major crops in the Municipality. OTOP was launched by virtue of the Executive Order 07, dated July 15, 2006. Coconut, is one of the useful trees in existence, every part of it having some value. It is considered as the major crop in the municipality of Padada. We have a processor of two major products: the Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) from the meat and the Coco Coir from the husk.

This virgin coconut oil is a biologically pure oil, extracted from fresh coconut milk and minimally processed without the use of heat and chemicals. Virgin Coconut Oil is of choice amongst cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulators, pastry chefs, and household users.
Coir is a coarse fiber extracted from husk, the fibrous outer shell of a coconut. It is a fine, flaky bye-product. It is a high quality fiber which consists mainly of fibers which have traditionally been used to manufacture rope, carpets, doormats, upholstery stuffing, brushes etc. It is viable business considering the abundant raw materials with total 3,010.10 hectares planted with coconut and 298,874.00 coconut bearing for a total of 1,014 farmers.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Sarangani
Processed Food & Beverages : Fresh and Processed Fish
Fish is abundant in the area considering its fertile fishing ground. It is identified as the OTOP since it is an important source of food in many cultures. Different kinds of fish are the major products in the area since Sarangani is an island.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Sta. Cruz
Processed Food & Beverages : Fresh, chips
The banana plant, often erroneously referred to as a "tree", is a large herb, with succulent, very juicy stem (properly "pseudostem") which is a cylinder of leaf-petiole sheaths, reaching a height of 20 to 25 ft (6-7.5 m) and arising from a fleshy rhizome or corm.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Sta. Maria
Organic, Herbal & Natural Products : Cacao
CACAO- An evergreen tropical tree (Theobroma cacao) having leathery, ellipsoid, ten-ribbed fruits borne on the trunks and older branches.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Sulop
Processed Food & Beverages : Cassava
Shrubby tropical plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots. The root of this plant, eaten as a staple food in the tropics only after leaching and drying to remove cyanide.
Region XI : Davao del Sur : Sulop
Processed Food & Beverages : Cassava
Shrubby tropical plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
Region XII : General Santos City : General Santos City
Marine Products : Tuna
Scrap sashimi grade tuna meat is the major raw materials. With the abundance of tuna , General Santos City folks and other existing exporters have shifted/ expanded their product lines into tuna value-added products to maximize its benefits from the fish. There are quite a number of processors ranging from micro-enterprise to Small, Medium Entrerprises (SMEs )

Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Dapitan City
Tourism, Health & Wellness : Eco Tourism
Eco-tourism services of Dapitan City cover entrepre-neurial activities which make use of its eco-tourism destinations and facilities. These include hotels, resorts, restaurants, parks, recreation centers, sports arena, museum, pension houses, other accommodation establishments, transportation services, tour-guiding services, as well as the selling of pasalubong items (food, gifts and handicraft).
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Baliguian
Marine Products : Fresh and processed fish, seashells, prawns
Fishing is one of the sources of livelihood in the municipality of Baliguian. The municipality faces the rich fishing grounds of Baliguian Bay, Siocon Bay and the Sulu Sea especially Point Coronado. Species like tuna, mackerel, big-eyed scads, garfish, flying fish, anchovies are commonly caught in the areas
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Dapitan City
Tourism, Health & Wellness : Eco Tourism
Eco-tourism services of Dapitan City cover entrepre-neurial activities which make use of its eco-tourism destinations and facilities.
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Dipolog City
Processed Food & Beverages : Bottled Sardines
The technology in processing sardines in glass jars was spread in Dipolog City through the extension services of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the early 70s from Doña Concepcion Macias Vda. De Montaño.
Herring, the major raw material is abundant in Dipolog City and the neighboring municipalities. During peak season which starts from January-June, herrings are bought at P5.00/kilo.

Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Godod
Organic, Herbal & Natural Products : Food
Farming is the main source of livelihood in the municipality of Godod. Among the crops, corn is predominantly planted throughout the municipality.
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Isabela City
Fashion & Accessories : CRUMB RUBBER
Rubber latex and cuplumps
The birth of the rubber industry in Isabela City can be traced to 1914. In that year, the Menzi Agricultural Corporation, now United Workers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UWARBMPC) introduced rubber cultivation and commercial production in the City of Isabela. The identification of the town's OTOP came after recognizing its huge contribution to the city's economy, in terms of investment and employment generation. Aside from these endowments, Isabela City has a land so fertile for rubber production. In the last five years small rubber growers have increased in number, thus, increasing volume of production for the City of Isabela. And in support to this identification, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the Local Government Units, represented by the mayor, and the different National Government Agencies.

Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Jose Dalman
Marine Products : Seaweeds
First class seaweeds known as Eucheuma Cottonaii and Kappa Phycus Alvarezii
Seaweed farming has become a money-spinning economic activity among coastal inhabitants in the southwestern part of the Philippines. Production testing in jose Dalman started in 1995 where a demo farm was planted with 50 kgs. of seedlings.
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Kalawit
Organic, Herbal & Natural Products : Rubber Latex and cuplumps
The pioneer and popular crop that the municipality is known to be is rubber. At the start, rubber was ventured by then popular company, the Marcelo Tire and Rubber Corp. owned by the Marcelo Family which engaged in large-scale rubber plantation. In 1996, the company was turned into a cooperative. Now, most of its farmers are into rubber plantation considering that the crop is suitable to the soil and the climate of the locality. Since rubber is the pioneer product in Kalawit and the municipality became known for it, the LGU had identified it as its OTOP.

Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Katipunan
Processed Food & Beverages : Cassava
Cassava is one of the most important subsistence crops in the Philippines.
It is being utilized as food, feeds (for poultry, livestock and aquaculture) and many other industrial purposes
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : La Libertad
Organic, Herbal & Natural Products : Fresh banana (lacatan variety)
Lacatan, among the most cultivated variety of banana in La Libertad is suitably planted in slightly rolling areas in the municipality.
Region IX : Zamboanga Del Norte : Labason
Homestyle & Living : Coco Fiber
Labason is basically a coconut producing area with 9,649.5 has. devoted to coconut production. Aside from copra and charcoal, Labason is a producer of table and counter tops, tiles, and other novelty items made of coconut shells.
Source:  Department of Trade and Industry, One Town One Product

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