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DOST continues support to MSMEs in CAR thru SETUP
by Press release

The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Setup) of the Department of Science and Technology continues to improve the production process of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Cordillera through the provision of appropriate technology interventions.

This year, a total of 40 Setup proposals have already been approved for implementation with the main objective of improving the firms’ overall production process to increase production, income, and employment.

From 2002, when Setup was instituted up to 2018, the DOST-Cordillera has successfully assisted 482 MSMEs in the region with a total funding requirement of P234.9 million.

From 2013 to 2019, 24,644 individuals were provided with employment and firms that were assisted generated P1.7 billion gross income.

Through the program, assisted MSMEs, particularly those under the food processing sector, improved their packaging and labeling in compliance to the Philippine Consumer Act.

Since 2008, 73 MSMEs were assisted in securing their Food and Drugs Administration license to operate (FDA-LTO) registration. Assistance provided include trainings on current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), onsite assessment, and laboratory analysis. 

The 2019 Best Setup Adoptor of Cordillera, VR Organic Fruit Wine of Conner, Apayao, has successfully secured its FDA registration through the assistance of the DOST-Cordillera and the Food Safety Team. The team is a group of experts from various agencies headed by the DOST-Cordillera to assist MSMEs with the end goal of enabling them to secure their respective FDA-LTO registrations.

With the holistic approach of Setup, MSMEs assisted in the Cordillera were provided with appropriate equipment, technology trainings to include cGMP, packaging and labeling services, technical consultancy services, and marketing support through the DOST online marketing platform, the OneSTore.

As a result, the market outlets of the firms have expanded not only locally but also globally for some. 

Setup is the banner program of the DOST-Cordillera under Technology Transfer and Commercialization/Innovation System Support and the overarching program of the Department to support MSMEs in terms of the provision of innovation fund for upgrading of equipment, packaging and labeling, laboratory services through the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory, technical consultancy services, technology trainings and fora, among others.

The program assists MSMEs in industry priority areas namely food processing, agriculture/aquaculture/forestry, furniture, gifts, decors and house wares, metals and engineering, ICT, health and wellness product, Halal products and services, and other regional priority sectors.

This year, additional priority sectors of energy and environment, and creative industry were included.

Interested MSMEs have to undergo technology needs assessment conducted by the provincial S&T centers to determine appropriate and responsive technological interventions to be provided prior to the preparation of a project proposal.

All Setup project proposals are reviewed by the external Regional Technical Evaluation Committee composed of various experts from the academe, government and non-government agencies.

The committee serves as the recommendatory body prior to the appropriate action of the regional director.

Interested MSMEs may approach the provincial S&T centers located in Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province for more details.


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