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Thursday, December 10, 2015

DOST Camarines Norte urges entrepreneurs to avail SETUP

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Dec. 9 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Camarines Norte urged entrepreneurs to avail of the assistance under the Small Enterprises Technology Program (SETUP) for the development of the micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs).

DOST science research specialist Marilou Belgado said during the Talakayan sa PIA on Monday, Dec. 7, aired over DWCN-Radyo ng Bayan that the SETUP is an initiative launched by the DOST in response to the President’s call for more focused programs of assistance to MSMEs.

It aims to reduce poverty by encouraging and assisting MSMEs in developing innovations to enhance operational efficiency and boost productivity and competitiveness.

She said that this year two projects are for funding release for the upgrading fabrication of muffler/exhaust for motorcycles and cars in the amount of P625,800 and for the upgrading of metal shop business in the amount of P753,500. The beneficiaries of the projects will pay the same without interest.

Belgado said that there are other five (5) project proposals on process for approval and funding.

The priority sectors covered by the SETUP are food processing; furniture; gifts, housewares, decors; agriculture, marine, aquaculture; metals and engineering; including information communication technology and pharmaceuticals; and health products.

She said that they assist MSMEs through the provision of technology, product testing, packaging and labeling design and execution.

Any firm or company, cooperative, association, or individual firm based in the Philippines and majority owned by Filipino citizens or any micro, small and medium scale business firm classified under the identified priority sectors as well as individual firm who are willing to apply technological improvements in its operations can apply to the program.

She also informed that they are now open for a new scholarship program for junior college students aside from their regular scholarship for high school students at the Philippine Science High School and college students starting freshman.

Meanwhile the DOST is also encouraging the Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Educational Institutions to put up a DOST STARBOOKS, the first Philippine Science Digital Library.

Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station known as STARBOOKS contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various  formats like text and video and audio.  These resources are placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.

The DOST will install the kiosk for free and will provide training for clients’ designated focal person.

In the province there were already four STARBOOKS particularly in Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Sta. Elena Community College, Mabini Colleges and Labo Science High School. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/871449647246/dost-camarines-norte-urges-entrepreneurs-to-avail-setup#sthash.bnF0bbHR.dpuf

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