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The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in SOCCSKASARGEN has given out PhP47.6 million worth of innovation support this year, benefiting some 29 micro, small and medium enterprises.

Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, DOST 12 regional director said these assistance were given to MSMEs through the agency’s flagship Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), which enables beneficiaries to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technological interventions to improve production and product quality.

Dr. Laidan said we are looking forward to support the industry’s needs to extend our assistance. 40M was completely awarded to project beneficiaries under the SETUP Core funded projects while almost 7.6M was awarded to project beneficiaries under the SETUP Non-core funded projects.

In South Cotabato and Koronadal City, six (6) firms received support. Technical assistance was also provided to seven (7) firms in Sultan Kudarat and Tacurong City.

In General Santos City and Sarangani, eight (8) recipients availed technical assistance.

Likewise, seven (7) MSMEs were also provided package of technical assistance in North Cotabato and Kidapawan City.

One (1) Halal entrepreneur in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur was also given technical assistance.

These complete packages of technical assistance, Director Laidan elaborated, were extended to firms to boost their productivity and competiveness.

Support includes human resources development, cost minimization, waste management, product development/standardization other operation-related activities, and necessary or appropriate machineries and equipment.

Types of enterprises covered by SETUP include food processing; furniture and home furnishings; gifts, holiday decors and fashion accessories; marine and aquatic resources, horticulture, metal and engineering, information and communication technology and Halal.

Dr. Laidan encourages all stakeholders, especially the MSMEs to avail of the program by submitting proposals to DOST 12 indicating among others the significance and objectives, strategies of implementation, expected output, target beneficiaries, personnel and financial requirements, etc. Upon the approval of the proposal, a memorandum of agreement will be forged between DOST 12 and the beneficiaries for the implementation of the project.