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Under the auspices of SETUP, the Ceramikhaus has acquired digital/laser printing technology to improve the design production quality of its ceramic products. A wide array of assorted ceramic products is showcased at the display center of the Ceramikhaus in Mandaue City

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DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena inspect samples of intricately-designed ceramic tableware produced by Ceramichaus with the use of ceramic digital/laser printing technology.

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One of the interesting products made by Ceramikhaus is the replica of the historic edifice housing the Magellan’s Cross of Cebu.

PINGGANG PINOY: Commissioned by the Food Nutrition Research Institute, the Ceramichause had made dinner plates called Pinggang Pinoy designed to promote good nutrition and healthy diet in Filipino households.
PINGGANG PINOY: Commissioned by the Food Nutrition Research Institute, the Ceramichause had made dinner plates called Pinggang Pinoy designed to promote good nutrition and healthy diet in Filipino households.

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Another site visited by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena is the FAG Engineering Group’s facility, one of SETUP beneficiaries of the DOST 7

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An official of FAG Engineering Group gives DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena the overview of how the shop operates with the new technology and state-of-the-art equipment provided by the DOST 7. With the assistance of DOST under SETUP, the firm has doubled its gross sale based on the 2007 gross sale record

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High-precision machineries such as the bench late and a copy lathe machine equipped with an electronic readout system, was provided by the DOST 7 to boost FAG Engineering’s production capability and ensure high-quality production of metal parts and components.

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Women Workers of Ritazo watch DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena as he takes a close look at the one of the bagpacks made from recycled remnants of cloth.

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Heaps of assorted remnants, cut up in various sizes and shapes, are among the recyclable materials made into useful products. DOST 7 provides high-speed sewing machines and waste recycling technology

 

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Pena had visited successful small entrepreneurs in Cebu whose projects are funded by DOST 7.

In a project visit conducted in Mandaue City, Cebu on April 18, 2017, Secretary de la Pena was able to view the facilities, operations, and finished products of the three beneficiaries of the DOST 7 assistance under its Small Entrepreneurs Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

The SETUP beneficiaries are the Ceramikhaus of Cebu, FAG Engineering Group, and a cluster of non-government organizations, namely, the Ritazo Tingub Women Workers Assn., Tingub Creekside Urban Poor and Housing Association, Kasambagan Subdivision Panagdait Chapter Inc., and the IPI Foundation inc., all of  Mandaue City;

Under SETUP, DOST 7 provided the program beneficiaries the needed technology assistance to boost the efficiency and productivity of their respective industrial operations.

The program has enabled the Ceramikhaus of Cebu to upgrade its ceramic ware printing technology by assisting it in acquiring ceramics digital-laser printing technology, thus addressing the problem of slow ceramic printing process and, at the same time, improving the over-all printing quality of the products.

Because of the technology assistance, Ceramikhaus is able to reduce printing downtime by 5 percent, increase production volume by 30 percent, and increase its income by 30 percent.

Through SETUP, the FAG Engineering Group has upgraded its equipment with the acquisition of a bench lathe and a copy lather machines with digital read out system. It was able to upgrade its machine works from intermediate precision to high-precision machining, increase the cycle time by 50 percent in high-precision machining requirements, and increase double its gross sales based on the 2007 gross sale record.

The NGOs led by the IPI Foundation, on the other hand, are engaged in recycling waste products in their project called “Trash to Craft” Community-  Based Enterprise which is aimed at providing “S&T support to community-based enterprise of disadvantaged dwellers in order to enhance livelihood opportunities, strengthen organizational and management capability in the business of waste utilization”.

By availing of the DOST’s Grant-in-Aid, the IPI Foundation-led grass root organizations have acquired high-speed sewing and waste recycling equipment, enabling them to apply new technology and consequently beefing up their capability to upgrade their production from industrial wastes, improve product development and designs, and increase their income opportunities.

 

written by: Licinio Gingoyon