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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo looks at chocolate products of Kablon Farms displayed in the National Food Fair on March 25, 2015 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. Joining him are (from left) Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) Director Rhodora M. Leaño, Kablon Farms Operations Director Ernesto B. Pantua, Jr. and DTI South Cotabato Provincial Director Flora P. Gabunales. DTI has been supportive of small, medium enterprises (SMEs) in the countryside like South Cotabato’s Kablon Farms, especially in their product development. Currently, Kablon Farms is looking at acquiring a tempering machine that will crystallize their chocolate products to perfection, and applying for incentives at the Board of Investments (BOI). Domingo noted that the fair not only exposes SMEs to large companies to get big orders but also to the product quality and packaging of the other enterprises. In this way, they are introduced to higher product standards. Domingo termed this process as cross-pollination of ideas and execution. Aside from tablea or the traditional chocolate tablets, the Kablon farm produces juices, jams, preserves and their signature product, the spicy dark chocolates made from cacao beans and chili peppers. The Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair took place last from March 25-29, 2015. (DTI-PRU)