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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

Technology AdaptorVirgilio C. Jose

Virgilio C. Jose is the general manager of VJANDEP Bakeshop based in 78 Tiano-Montalban Sts., Cagayan de Oro City.

“Pastel” is Spanish for cake. For many years, the Ballozos family of Camiguin Island used to prepare and serve the delicacy only during fiestas. That’s until a member of the family decided to develop it into a business.

In 1990, Eleonor Jose, a descendant of the Ballozos, started pastel production with a capital of P120 from her husband Lt. Col. Virgilio Jose’s bonus.  Daily production was 3-5 boxes.  Each box contains 12 pieces of pastel.  The all-manual production used milk cans as molders and improvised drum oven.

In 2001, the Science and Technology Program for Mindanao (STPM), the forerunner of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), provided an opportunity for VJANDEP, which requested for technology assistance through DOST-X.  The support came in the amount of P920,000 for the acquisition of modern processing equipment that significantly raised daily production to 270-350 boxes.  DOST also provided VJANDEP with technical assistance such as training on GMP, HACCP, CP, MPEX, and packaging and labeling, among others.

DOST’s assistance enabled the  cake maker to briskly expand with production volume soaring to over 3000%. Boxes of the pastel are now sitting in the grocery shelves of SM chain, Market! Market!, Gaisano Mall, etc.  It has also become a preferred “Pasalubong ng Bayan” for many airline passengers leaving Cagayan de Oro airport.

VJANDEP’s success earned it recognition such as the “Most Inspiring Entrepreneur from Northern Mindanao–Go Negosyo (CDO Chapter); and Outstanding Business Enterpreneur (CDO Chamber of Commerce).