A researcher in Zamboanga City had recently received a grant worth Five-Hundred Seventy Thousand, Five-Hundred Sixty Three Pesos and Seventy-Eight centavos (₱570,563.78) to develop studies on the utilization and optimization of calamansi peels.
Calamansi fruit serves as an important fruit crop in the Philippines. According to the Philippines Statistics Authority, the country produced 14.86 thousand metric tons in the first quarter of 2019. At the regional level, Zamboanga City is one of the major growing areas of calamansi in Mindanao with 1,077 hectares. As the demand for calamansi juice increased, the wastes that were produced also increased. The peel constitutes the majority of the waste products but contains essential oils that can be used in variety of ways and can be profitable, and it can also replace the plastic microbead in cosmetics and cleaning products that pollutes the marine resources and affect the marine food chain.
The study focuses on upcycling the peels of calamansi fruit as a source of high-quality essential oils and as alternative biodegradable organic microbeads in cosmetic preparations.
The grant will be utilized to obtain the necessary provisions, supplies and materials, and chemical reagents for the extraction of essential oils and microbeads of calamansi peels.
Leading the study is Mr. Rusell Alen V. Fernandez, a graduate of Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of San Carlos in 2018 and a product of Universidad de Zamboanga with a degree in Pharmacy.
Fernandez’s study on the waste utilization and optimization of calamansi peels becomes the fifth research funded locally through the ZCHRD – RRF. This study is expected to produce calamansi peel essential oil, biodegradable organic calamansi microbeads, hand sanitizer with calamansi microbeads, and facial gel exfoliant with calamansi microbeads within the course of 6 months.
The DOST, through its various R&D councils, provides funding for studies in designing, implementing, and managing research projects.
Regular staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and allied health sciences, hospitals, and other health-related agencies are encouraged to submit research proposals to the ZCHRD secretariat via electronic mail.