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