A team from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently received further training to enhance their capabilities in promoting and expanding the coverage of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
The DOST has recently partnered with the Development Academy of the Philippines to conduct the five-day workshop on the use of technology scanning and benchmarking tools in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The objective of the training was to give more capacity to regional offices’ staff on the creation of tools and conduct of perception surveys, focused group discussions, and technology scanning which are essential data gathering tools for S&T road-mapping activities.
Both national and regional S&T road maps will be generated at the end of the project. These S&T road maps will be the basis of the provision of S&T interventions both for the firm and industry levels.
The DOST office in the National Capital Region has been designated as the lead region for the implementation of the Project 1 component of the Transition Program for SETUP 2.0.
SETUP enables micro, small and medium enterprises to address their technological requirements and challenges to boost productivity and efficiency through—Infusion of appropriate technologies to improve/develop products, services and/or operations; human resource training, technical assistance and productivity consultancy services; design and execution of functional packages and labels; assistance for compliance to regulatory and market standards, including testing services; and provision of financial assistance to facilitate acquisition of appropriate technologies.
SETUP gives special assistance on the following priority sectors—food processing; furniture; gifts, decors, handicrafts; agriculture/marine/ aquaculture; metals and engineering; ICT; pharmaceuticals, health and wellness products.