Siquijor, Siquijor (May 20, 2019) – 4 entrepreneurs from Negros Oriental pitch their project proposals amounting to a total of more than PhP4,000,000.00 and secured initial approval from the Department of Science and Technology VII (DOST VII) for their availment of the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) during the en banc. It was held at the DOST Siquijor PSTC which hosted the said event.
Imelda Siñagan of EM’s Dress Shop, Ms. Hazel Lynn P. Asignar of Ninang’s Kitchen, Mr. Virgilio B. Anqui, Jr. of VL Motor Parts and Atty. Anna Pris Pareja of Rockland Farm Ltd. Company pitched their project proposals before the DOST VII Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC).
The panel was composed of DOST VII personnel headed by Supervising Science Research Specialist Engr. Samual Parcon and external evaluators composed of Engr. Van Gaitano Vergara, Ms. Lourdes Damazo and Ms. Ruby Salutan.
DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon and Science Research Specialist II Engr. Reinhold Jek Abing guided the NegOr contingent during the defense.
Ms. Imelda Sinagan of EM’s Dress Shop pitched her project proposal on technology upgrading of embroidered apparel. On the other hand, Ms. Hazel Lynn P. Asignar of Ninang’s Kitchen proposed an upgrading for the efficient production of bagoong, peanut butter and chilli sauce.
Mr. Virgilio B. Anqui, Jr. of VL Motor Parts presented his project proposal on motor reboring technology Atty. Anna Priscilla M. Pareja of Rocklang Farm, Ltd. Company defended her project proposal on the acquisition of basic farming machineries and introduction of efficient greenhouse farming technologies.
The DOST VII RTEC initially approved their project proposals. The clients now need to submit their revised proposals incorporating recommendations and answers to questions from said evaluators.
Once finally approved, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be drafted and signed by the parties from the proponent, DOST NegOr and DOST VII. It will then be notarized.
After that, DOST will turnover the amount approved which the proponent will use according the conditions as stipulated in the notarized MOA like the acquisition of the processing equipment, among other things.
In return, the proponent will hand over 36 post-dated checks to DOST as monthly payment of the technological assistance.
To note, DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to adopt technological innovations to improve their products, services, operations and increase their productivity and competitiveness.
Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial S&T Director of DOST Negros, congratulated the 4 MSMEs for successfully presenting and defending their project proposals. (Reinhold Jek Y. Abing/SRS II/DOST NegOr)