Issue of November 4, 2018

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Over 400 MSMEs in CAR benefit from DOST business program
by Pamela Mariz Geminiano / PNA

Around 400 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Cordillera have so far benefitted from the business upgrading program of the Department of Science and Technology called Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Setup).

DOST-Cordillera Director Nancy Bantog said the number of Setup enterprises increases by about eight enterprises per province yearly.

The Setup aims to improve an enterprise’s existing products, services, and operations; and enhance productivity and competitiveness.

“They can be assisted to help boost their productivity and competitiveness through Science and Technology Innovation,” Bantog said.

For 2018, DOST has allotted P39 million for the implementation of the program, which includes capability training and loan for those wanting to upgrade or purchase technologies.

“In the Cordillera, 50 percent of the firms that availed of the Setup program is involved in the food industry followed by metals and engineering firms,” Bantog said.

She said the furniture industry used to rank second, but with the selective harvesting of natural forests products, fewer Cordillerans are now engaged in the industry.

The DOST official said Setup is a nationwide strategy to encourage MSMEs to adopt technological innovations and develop new products and establish or sustain market niches.

Among the assistance provided under Setup are: infusion of appropriate technologies to improve/develop products, services and/or operations; human resource training, technical assistance, and productivity consultancy services; design and execution of functional packages and labels; assistance for compliance to regulatory and market standards, including testing services; and provision of financial assistance to facilitate acquisition of appropriate technologies.

“When we do our monitoring and assessment, there is an increase in the volume of the (entrepreneurs’) sales, profit, and a reduction of production cost,” Bantog said.

She said the priority sectors under Setup are food processing, furniture making, gifts and decors, handicrafts; agriculture, marine, aquaculture; metals and engineering, information and communications technology; and health and wellness products.

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