By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY, July 11 (PIA)--- The Department of Science and Technology recently held the Step-in Journey Innovative Micro-Small and Medium Enterprise-Provincial Science and Technology Center (iMSME-PSTC) and Collaborators Recognition Ceremony at Mibang Hotel, this city.
The recognition ceremony and giving of awards to the successful MSME beneficiaries was witnessed by DOST 9 Assistant Regional Director Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking, DOST 9 personnel, PSTC personnel of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, Technical Working Group, and partner agencies, TESDA and DOLE.
The three MSMEs who are all beneficiaries of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) are: Mr. Vicente B. Tampon’s Nonoy Coya Auto Service Center in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte; Mr. Eulie A. Teope’s Santiago Fresh Miki Factory in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Mr. Arlie T. Calexterio’s JAT-C Bakeshop in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Step-in Journey Project Manager Ms. Jennifer A. Pidor said the recognition ceremony highlighted the significant improvements in the MSME-beneficiaries’ production facilities and overall business operations thru the program interventions.
She said the Step-in Journey is her re-entry program under the Public Management Program of the Development Academy of the Philippines which aims to improve productivity by at least 10% of the 3 SETUP–Assisted MSMEs (one per PSTC) in region 9 by institutionalizing productivity improvement tools in the firm’s operations.
According to Pidor, who was so overwhelmed during the awarding of the 3 MSMEs thru the Step-in interventions, they have attained more
than the targeted 10% productivity improvement. Santiago Fresh Miki Factory registered a 50.57% improvement, JAT-C Bakeshop, 23% and Nonoy Coya Auto Service Center, 14%.
“What is more significant is that these improvements were attained just after the 2-month Step-in Journey interventions specifically focusing on the results in the four (4) vital perspectives of the MSMEs- the financial, internal processes, learning and growth, and customer perspectives,” Pidor said.
For the effort of the 3 MSMEs, DOST-9 through ARD Kingking and Pidor awarded them with P5,000.00 each and a plaque. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)