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Think Big, Grow Big through S&T Innovation

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) contribute more than 90% to the Philippine economic backbone. This significant figure drives the different government agencies to support MSMEs through various programs and services.

In the area of S&T innovation, the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST 10) through its consultancy program on productivity improvement called MPEX (Manufacturing Productivity Extension) has assisted a total of ten (10) firms from Northern Mindanao. Four (4) of these firms came from Misamis Oriental, three (3) from Lanao del Norte, while three (3) were from Bukidnon. All of which were also qualified candidates for the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program-Innovation System Support Fund (SETUP-ISSF).

The MPEX consultancy engagements in 2016 scheduled its first visit on August 16, 2016. During this initial visit, the consultant assessed each firm’s current condition and technical needs. To further strengthen the credibility and accuracy of the proposals submitted, DOST 10 also utilized the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) tool as part of the consultant’s output where proper technology versus need matching is done.

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Mrs. Ladera of Lubelle’s Bakeshop discussing the implemented recommendations with Engr. Baby Lim and Engr. Andrei Lim

On September 2, 2016 during the consultant’s second visit to the firm, recommendations were presented to the client. These recommendations cover the major aspects of the business including market aspect, management aspect, technical aspect, and the financial aspect. Furthermore, recommendations for compliance to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards and safety hazards were also discussed.

On January 17, 2017, the final visit was conducted where the implementation of the recommendations was monitored. As observed, most of the short-term recommendations of the consultants were implemented and improvements were significant. Some of the most notable improvements include: (1) smoother flow of workers in the production area and reduced production time; (2) workers are more disciplined in handling different tools and equipment; (3) higher utilization of raw materials; and (4) lesser accidents in the workplace.

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Engr. Andrei Lim presenting the Mechanical Dryer in Palawan to Loreta’s Bakery. The firm checked the recommended mechanical dryer but they need bigger capacity.

The clients also expressed how the recommendations and reports given to them significantly helped them keep their business on track and guided for growth and improvement.

A well-known American businessman named Steve Jobs believed in the quote, “Start small but think big”. Like MSMEs, all small things are bound to improve. With the help of S&T Innovation through DOST’s consultancy programs and other services, improvement becomes a reality.

By: Keen Arsenio, DOST X

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