August 26 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region VII declared Chef Tobz Cakes as this year’s SETUP PRAISE Awardee for the Province of Negros Oriental.
The recognition ceremony was held via Zoom during the Opening Ceremony of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration for Central Visayas on the morning of 25 August 2021.
Chef Tobz Cakes and Pastries is a client of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) through Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Negros Oriental. The firm produces artisanal cakes. Because of the DOST SETUP assistance the firm’s baking, chilling/freezing, cooling, and display capacities increased by 400%, 3233%, 400% and 250%, respectively. Daily output of cakes, breads and pastries also increased by 133%, 309% and 100%, respectively. Annual gross sales also increased by 87%.
“In Dumaguete City on the right side of Negros Island, Chef Tobz is a name that has become synonymous with elegance and style. We are therefore proud what this cake shop has achieved in a relatively short span of time. After receiving technology upgrading assistance from DOST-SETUP, this firm has dared to compete against more established rivals. It has established a modern commissary with high production capacity. It has expanded its workforce from 9 to currently 21. It has obtained a License to Operate from the Food and Drug Administration within 1 year. It has trained the personnel in proper food safety practices. And, it has opened a market outlet right smack in the shopping district of the city. All these strategic moves reflect in the strong entrepreneurial drive in the people managing Chef Tobz – a desire to win. And we, in the DOST Negros Oriental PSTC, appreciate that….as worthy to be the SETUP PRAISE Awardee for Negros Oriental and congratulations Chef Tobz for this achievement…,” said Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial S&T Director of DOST Negros Oriental.
“Nagapasalamat mi sa DOST VII SETUP Program kay dako kaayo siya og gikatabang sa amoa nga production, sa marketing namo, ug sa among mga halin. Kay ug dili tungod nila, dili mapaspas ang among production. Kay paspas ang among production, maka-serve mi ug daghan sa among mga customers,” said Mr. Tirso D. Tubog, proprietor of Chef Tobz Cakes and Pastries.
The firm received a Plaque of Recognition and P5,000.00 cash prize.
SETUP PRAISE Award for MSME was formerly known as Search for Best SETUP Adoptor.
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)