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The famed treat from Tanjay City is expanding, according to DTI

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, the adoption of an ordinance designating the renowned “bodbod” or rice roll as its One Town, One Product (OTOP) is expected to increase local small companies’ profits.

Nimfa Virtucio, provincial director of DTI-Negros Oriental, told the Philippine News Agency in an interview that the local government unit (LGU) will allot funds to “professionalize the industry” and assist the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in the business once the measure is in place.

The manufacture of the bodbod will be improved, according to Virtucio, with the passage of the ordinance, including size restrictions and uniformity in flavor, among other things.

She pointed out that some bodbod parts are currently thinner than others because there is no “standard.”

She added, “We are also ready to assist these businesses in developing packaging that is acceptable or competitive in the global market.

The DTI official also mentioned the need to extend the delicacy’s shelf life because one of its constituents, the highly perishable coconut milk, causes it to expire in a matter of days.

According to her, organizing these bodbod producers and granting them LGU accreditation will offer them leverage in the marketing industry.

According to businessman Edward Du of Dumaguete, the Tanjay City OTOP ordinance was created by the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) and is the first of its kind in the province and in Region 7.

Du, a former regional director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Central Visayas (PHCCI) and former president of NOCCI, is a fervent advocate for MSMEs and the adoption of the OTOP laws in Negros Oriental to assist the growth of small enterprises.

According to the legislation, which the city council unanimously approved last Friday, Tanjay is home to more than 100 domestic bodbod producers.

The regional specialty has a long history in the area and is strongly linked to the city.

It is now well-known among travelers, both domestic and foreign, who enjoy the treat and even bring some back with them as “pasalubong” (souvenir).

It works great with fresh, ripe mangoes or the native chocolate drink “sikwate.”

According to Virtucio, the Mt. Talinis Dark Chocolate in Valencia town and the Baslay coffee in Dauin town are two other OTOP ordinances being promoted in Negros Oriental.

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