Starting a Business: How to Start Kaong processing Business

How to Start Business

Kaong or sugar palm (Arengga pinnata) is a minor forest species that produces food. Its nuts are made into kaong preserve which is good for dessert or as an ingredient in fruit salads and the palm sap is made into vinegar. These products are sold in the local and export markets.


How to start Kaong


    • Harvesting:
      1. Select the bunch having mature fruits. A bunch may contain 4,000-5,000 fruits.
      2. Cut selected bunch using a sharp bolo (30-50 cm) from the main trunk.
      3. Bundle the bunch of the fruits for easy handling and transporting.
      4. Detach individual fruit using a knife. Do not touch the sap as it causes skin irritation.
    • Extraction:
      1. Place the fruits in the container and add water just within the level of the fruits.
      2.  Boil for two to three hours.
      3. Cut the tips of the fruit at 1 cm crosswise from the apical portion.
      4. Prick the meat in the upper portion of the fruit using a knife.
      5. Wash the meat with clean water, two to three times to eliminate unnecessary materials.
      6. Soak the meat in water overnight to maintain the freshness.
      7. Strain the meat in the plastic mesh/strainer.
      8. Unsweetened kaong is ready for the market.
        Caution: Kaong fruits are toxic to dogs.
    • Processing into Kaong Preserves:
      1. Prepare the syrup by boiling two cups white sugar, one cup water, and 0.1% sodium metabisulfite.
      2. Add three cups of kaong to the boiling syrup.
      3. Cook for 10 minutes and cool.
      4. Place kaong in a sterilized bottle and seal.
      5. After sealing, boil for another 10 minutes to eliminate the air bubbles.
      6. Label before marketing.
    • Source: Department of Environment and Natural
      Resources “Sustainable Livelihood Options for
      the Philippines”


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    • Product Pricing
      • The producer may opt to sell kaong preserves in bottles of varied sizes.

    • Business Name Registration
      Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
      DTI Provincial Office where the business is located
      Validity: 5 years

      • Area 1 Office (Manila, Pasay, Makati) Mezzanine Floor, Roxas Strip Bldg., Roxas Blvd., corner Arnaiz Avenue, Pasay City
        Tel. No.: (632) 659.4203 / Fax No.: (632) 804.0307
      • Area 2 Office (Las Piñas, Parañaque, Pasig, Muntinlupa) 2/F Atrium of Makati Bldg., Makati Ave., corner Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City
        Tel. No.: (632) 864.0847 / Fax No.: (632) 864.0829
      • Area 3 Office (Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Marikina, San Juan) G/F Highway 54 Plaza, EDSA Mandaluyong City (across SM Megamall)
        Telefax. Nos.: (632) 706.1767 / 706.1703
      • Area 4 Office (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) 5/F Araneta Square Mall, Bonifacio Monumento Circle, Rizal Avenue, Ext. Cor. Samson Rd., Caloocan City
        Tel. No.: (632) 332.0829 Fax No.: (632) 322.0854
        Email: /

For businesses located outside Metro Manila, you can register your business at the DTI Provincial Office where the business is located or log on to for online registration Validity: 1 year

    • Mayor’s PermitMunicipality or city where the business is located
    • Tax Identification Number (TIN) Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) National Office, Agham Road, Diliman Quezon City
      Tel. Nos.: 929.7676 / 927.2511Email:
    • Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang Muntinlupa City
      Tel. No.: 842.5606 Fax No.: 807.8275

    • People’s Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC) 2/F Accelerando Building
      395 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Tel. Nos.: 897.8521 / 752.3745
      Fax Nos.: 896.1610 / 325.0449 Email:

    • Technology Resource Center (TRC) 2/F, Jacinta II Building EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City Trunkline: 822.9712/822.5087/822.5418 loc. 201/203
    • Department of Science and Technology (DOST) General santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City Tel. No.: 837.2071 to 82 Fax No.: 837.8937
      Email: Website:


5/F, Trade and Industry Building361 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. Makati City
Tel. Nos.: (632) 897.1693 / 897.7596 / 890.4968 Fax No.: (632) 896.7916  Email: ph 




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