Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has extended an invitation to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Romblon to collaborate with the DOST to enhance their business productivity.
During his recent visit to Odiongan, Secretary Solidum expressed the DOST’s willingness to assist any MSME that seeks their support. He emphasized that the DOST can provide technologies and guidance to help MSMEs scale up their production and improve productivity.
“Once ma register mo ‘yun [negosyo mo] at gusto mo pang ma-improve ang productivity nito, puwede kang makipagtulungan with DOST kasi kami talaga ‘yung nagbibigay ng technologies at guidance para ma scale-up ‘yung production,” according to Solidum.
Secretary Solidum encouraged MSMEs to consider availing the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and reassured them not to hesitate to approach the DOST for assistance.
He cited examples of businesses that initially started with just a couple of employees and have since grown substantially with the help of DOST programs.
“Huwag kayo matakot na lumapit sa DOST kasi sa pag-iikot sa buong Pilipinas nakita ko ‘yung iba na dalawa lang ang empleyado sa pagsisimula nila ng negosyo, ngayon ay dumami na ang kanilang mga tauhan,” according to Solidum.
The DOST is currently implementing SETUP 4.0, a program designed to inspire and aid MSMEs in embracing technological innovations to enhance their products and operations.
Secretary Solidum met with various MSMEs in Odiongan and conducted project visits to beneficiaries of DOST programs.
He was impressed by the success stories and achievements of MSMEs who have availed DOST assistance. For instance, SETUP supported Sim Construction in Odiongan, Romblon, as they plan to establish local nail processing facilities in the province.
Meanwhile, Marites Lucas, the owner of Ashley Bakeshop, shared her experience as a SETUP beneficiary. She mentioned that prior to joining the program in 2014, they were dependent on loans. However, after learning about the DOST program, they embraced it, benefiting from its interest-free support. Today, they operate two branches of their bakery and restaurant in Tablas