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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012


DOST-12 eyes further strengthening of MSMEs in 2012

by Bai Tagitikan

KORONADAL CITY, Jan 17 (PIA) -- Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Soccsksargen Region or Region 12 can expect more opportunities and an enlivened industry this year.

This as the regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST 12) has firmed up its 2012 activities with emphasis on the development of cutting-edge local technologies to empower MSMEs.

Dr. Zenaida P. Laidan, DOST-12 director, laid out the agency’s direction in the next 12 months during the strategic planning workshop held on January 5 and 6.

She rallied the employees to achieve the agency’s objectives guided by the policy direction of Sustainability, Innovation, Good Governance and Excellence or SIGE platform.

“We shall gear towards the strong implementation of projects or activities that strengthen development initiatives to address urgent and lingering problems,” Dr. Laidan said.

She emphasized that the regional office will focus more on strengthening the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the umbrella program of the DOST with a nationwide implementation to assist MSMEs become technologically competent through projects and activities.

Among the DOST programs to help MSMEs are technology transfer and commercialization, provision of S&T services that include testing and calibration, packaging and labeling, consultancy services, and technology trainings.

Priority areas cover food processing, furniture, fashion, gifts, decors and handicrafts, marine and aquatic resources, horticulture (cutflowers, fruits and high value crops) metals and engineering, halal, and information, communication technology (ICT).

Dr. Laidan said they will also intensify the promotion of S & T by setting up and upgrading its library and information services, strengthening access to tri-media and the web, and conducting S&T fairs/exhibits and special events.

Stronger bond between public and public sector players is also needed to assure delivery of best possible services or products provided by DOST-12, she said.

Dr. Laidan, who was adjudged as one of Mindanao’s top women achievers by the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) last year, vowed continued collaboration and assistance to state universities and colleges (SUCs).

She was recognized by the MCW for her distinct contributions and significant work in advancing the status of women and rural communities in Mindanao thru S&T innovations and for her successful implementation of various socio-technological programs and activities.

She added, DOST-12 needs to double its efforts in strengthening industries through industry dialogues and linkages with stakeholders like the academe and the local government units.

She encouraged the DOST-12 employees to go beyond what is expected of them by the clients.

“We must continually improve our services to meet customer’s satisfaction through teamwork, determination, hardwork and willingness to work,” she said.

With the DOST-12’s halal laboratory in Cotabato City and the soon to be completed Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Halal Science Center in Koronadal City in South Cotabato, DOST-12 will be playing a major role in the standardization of halal products for global competitiveness, she said. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/DOST-12)

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