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The Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assists micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector to attain and sustain higher productivity. MPEX involves the deployment of consultants who are industry experts, productivity specialists, and other technical experts to assist MSMEs in the manufacturing sector. These consultants provide recommendations for improvement of the firms’ overall operations to achieve higher productivity.

 

As part of the MPEX Program, ten (10) identified micro, small and medium enterprise (MSMEs) from North Cotabato Province have undergone Progress Validation on November 22 – 23, 2021.

It was conducted to determine whether the program is achieving its aim in helping MSMEs attain higher productivity. The Validation covers the first 2-3 months operation of the firms upon program implementation.

 

The identified program beneficiaries are: Lxyza Herbal Products Trading, J&R Computer and Adz Services, Teresa's Homemade Delicacies, Percheron Marketing and General Merchandising, Marione's Kidapawan Delicacies, (6) SJC Food Products, Chenoy Yummy Treat, and TSM Food Products, all firms located in Kidapawan City. DNM Food Products from Midsayap and Breadmaster Bakeshop from M'lang are also among the beneficiaries.

 

According to Ms. Marione Torres of Marione’s Homemade Native Delicacies, MPEX Program of the DOST has improved the firm’s profitability by producing better products and services; reducing operational expenses; having more productive and safer workplace; and, developing more appropriately skilled manpower.

 

Moreover, a notable 38-40% increase in sales have been noted since the program implementation according to Ms. Sheila Livera of SJC Food Products.

 

Through the direction of RD Sammy Malawan, implementation of the program is ongoing and is being facilitated by the Regional MPEX Program Coordinator, Ms. Babai Tagitican, Senior SRS.

 

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