October 16 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office No. VII declared Saint’s Baked Delights as this year’s Outstanding Regional SETUP Project. It was also awarded as the Outstanding Provincial SETUP Project in Negros Oriental.
The recognition ceremony was held last October 14, 2022 at the Robinson’s Galleria in Cebu City during the culmination of the National Science and Technology Week celebration in Central Visayas.
Saint’s Baked Delights is a client of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) through DOST Negros Oriental. The firm produces and supplies customized burger buns, hotdog buns and sliced breads to some of the most established hotels and restaurants in Dumaguete City.
In 2020, Saint’s Baked Delights became the first adopter of the enhanced nutribun technology in Region 7. The enhanced nutribun is a technology developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of DOST (DOST-FNRI) which aims to fight malnutrition during the pandemic.
Mr. Jason Ian H. Sy, proprietor of Saint’s Baked Delights, said that their production capacity increased due to DOST SETUP.
“Yong dating nagagawa namin na dating less that 25kg a day, now we can make almost 75 kg a day,” said Mr. Sy.
Mr. Sy is thankful to DOST for the DOST SETUP assistance.
“We were very fortunate that God blessed us. With the help of SETUP, we were able to supply a project from the National Nutrition Council (NNC)…After naming maging adopter ng enhanced nutribun, nagkaroon ng demand from NNC dito sa Central Visayas and we were able to supply their needs for their malnutrition program”, he added.
The bread processing techniques became streamlined and time-efficient, as well.
“Sauna nga wala pa naabot ang DOST intervention, ang amoa nga process diri sa Saint’s Baked Delights dili sya madali kay naa’y uban nga kulang-kulang… And then karon, daghan na ang nausab. Naa na oy mga mixers, etc. nga nadugang. So ang among baking process, mas napadali.”, said Julianne Oracoy who is an employee of the bakeshop.
Mr. Sy also thanked DOST for the timely intervention because Saint’s Baked Delights was able to provide the huge demands from customers. As a result, his firm was able to finish its refund rate at an earlier time – early as December 2021 instead of May 2024.
“In Dumaguete City, Saint’s Baked Delights has become synonymous with DOST’s enhanced nutribun. DOST Negros Oriental is proud of what this business has achieved. After receiving the DOST assistance through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, this firm has become instrumental in the fight against malnutrition through its enhanced nutribun production in the province of Negros Oriental”, said DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon.
“Now on its second availment of DOST SETUP, it has established a new processing area with higher production capacity. It has expanded its workforce from 3 employees to 11 employees. It has obtained the License to Operate from the Food and Drug Administration. During the early stages of the pandemic, Saint’s Baked Delights became the first adopter of the enhanced nutribun not only in Negros Oriental but also in the whole Central Visayas region as well”, Atty. Arbon added.
The firm received a plaque of recognition and P5,000.00 as the Outstanding Provincial SETUP Project in Negros Oriental. In addition, Saint’s Baked Delights also received another plaque of recognition and P20,000.00 for winning another category which is the 2022 Outstanding Regional SETUP Project.
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. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental)