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Addressing the technological needs of MSMEs in the Philippines

Adrian M. Reodique | Feb. 7, 2017
Five MSMEs in Bataan are the latest beneficiaries of Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Programme.

Credit: DOST's website. 

Five micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bataan will receive support from the Department of Science and Technology Region 3 (DOST-3) to acquire technologies to help improve their operations, through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Programme (SET-UP).

SET-UP is nationwide strategy which aims to encourage and assist MSMEs to adopt new technologies to improve their operations, as well as their productivity and competitiveness. 

The latest beneficiaries of the programme include: BEAKRIS House of Goodies in Orani, Bataan; TRI-DEN Inc. in Mariveles, Bataan; and DN Vigo Machine Shop, Bataan Engineering Machine Shop and Calibration, and Ozerec Printers and Trading in Balanga City.

DOST Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat said, through the programme, the five MSMEs can acquire the required equipment to improve their plant capacity, manufacturing processes, product quality or food safety practices.

Sicat prided that some MSMEs in Central Luzon that have undergone the programme are now doing well in both local and international markets. "This is because the SET-UP enables MSMEs to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technology interventions. [This helps] improve productivity primarily through enhanced product quality, upgraded manpower, cost reduction, effective waste management and operations tune-up," he explained in a press release. 


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