Dumaguete City, June 7 – In a move to help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) become more competitive, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here in Negros Oriental signed recently Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) with 3 of them for technology upgrading of processing equipment and other assistance through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

The MOA was signed by DOST  Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon and parties of Ms. Imelda Siñagan, Ms. Hazel Lynn Asignar and Mr. Virgilio Anqui, Jr.

Ms. Imelda Siñagan, proprietor of EM’s Dress Shop signed a MOA with DOST for its project proposal on technology upgrading on high speed production of digital embroidered and customized apparel. The project is worth Php685,000.00.

Ninang’s Kitchen through its proprietor Ms. Hazel Lynn Asignar signed a MOA with DOST for her proposal on technology upgrading for the efficient production of bagoong, peanut butter and chilli sauce. The project is worth Php700,000.00.

Mr. Virgilio Anqui, Jr., owner of VL Motor Parts signed a MOA with DOST for his project proposal on motor reboring technology worth Php200,000.00

All 3 MSMEs secured final approval from the Regional Office No. VII of DOST. It will be noted that they also secured initial approval from the Regional Technical Evaluation Committee of DOST VII during the en banc held last month at Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) of DOST Siquijor.

The signing of the MOAs will seal the assistance of DOST to these enterprises. The event was held in 3 separate events at the PSTC of DOST Negros Oriental.

Prior to the MOA signing, DOST Negros Oriental conducted Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) in order to identify appropriate processing equipment and assistance needed by the MSMEs. The firms had been registered at the DTI, BIR and respective LGUs. They were also in operation for the last 3 years as evident in the submitted audited financial statements for the last 3 years of operation. 

All interested MSMEs which will qualify the DOST SETUP are encouraged to apply by visiting DOST Negros Oriental or contact Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing through his email reinholdjekabing@gmail.com or his cellphone number 0975-197-8330. ( By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II/DOST NegOr Media Core)