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DOST’s SETUP Empowers MSMEs in Cotabato

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In the heart of Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is spearheading a transformative initiative poised to revolutionise the landscape of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Soccsksargen region. Through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Programme (SETUP), DOST emphasises the pivotal role of technology and innovation in enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of local businesses.

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In a significant stride towards bolstering the operational efficiency and competitiveness of products and services for MSMEs in Cotabato, DOST recently greenlit the implementation of the SETUP programme. This strategic move aims to empower local enterprises through innovation funds allocated for machinery upgrades, setting the stage for transformative growth and development.

Michael Ty Mayo, the Provincial Director of DOST in Cotabato, underscores the programme’s fundamental mission: to leverage science and technology as catalysts for the growth and development of small and medium-sized enterprises nationwide.

“It helps increase production, improve product quality, and encourage innovation to make local industries more competitive in the global market,” explains Mayo, highlighting the programme’s multifaceted benefits for MSMEs.

Among the esteemed recipients of the SETUP programme’s innovation funds are trailblazing enterprises. These visionary entrepreneurs represent the vanguard of technological advancement, poised to harness the power of science and technology to drive business growth and innovation.

For the visionary owner of communications, networking and data solutions, the SETUP programme heralds a new era of opportunity and growth for local SMEs. Pagaduan’s enterprise specialises in systems integration, connectivity, and public safety solutions, offering a diverse range of services encompassing telecommunications, network design, structured cabling systems, and more. With the infusion of innovation funds, he is optimistic about the transformative impact on his business and the broader local economy.

Similarly, the proprietor of a bakery and catering services company lauds DOST’s programme as a vital mechanism for enhancing operational capability and productivity. As an accredited partner of the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the outlet plays a pivotal role in producing nutribuns and supplying the feeding programme of the Department of Education.

The owner Serag recognises the pivotal role of technology and innovation in driving business growth and sustainability, underscoring the importance of the SETUP programme in fostering a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

The decisive support for DOST’s initiative extends beyond the entrepreneurial sphere, with the provincial government of Cotabato expressing unwavering support for the intensified implementation of the programme. Moreover, DOST has garnered staunch backing from the congressional offices of the second and third districts of the province, underscoring the collaborative efforts to drive technological innovation and economic growth.

As DOST Regional Director Sammy Malawan reaffirms, the SETUP programme represents a beacon of hope and opportunity for MSMEs, offering unwavering support and guidance in navigating the complexities of technological advancement. With a steadfast commitment to promoting science, technology, and innovation as driving agents of success, DOST stands poised to propel MSMEs towards a brighter, more prosperous future.

At the forefront of the Philippines’ digital transformation, the Department of Science and Technology drives progress and innovation. Through its dedication to technology and digital literacy, DOST empowers businesses, cities, and citizens, enabling them to excel in today’s tech-driven world. A case in point is the impactful work of a DOST scholar, whose innovative applications are propelling Borongan’s evolution into Eastern Visayas’ smart city.

Through various initiatives, DOST plays a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and ensuring equitable access to technology and digital resources across the nation. By promoting digital literacy courses and providing training opportunities, DOST equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to harness the power of technology for personal and professional advancement.


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