11 Jakinga firms avail of DOST's product quality promotion assistance
by Peter Balocnit
Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- More local products will soon find their way to the international market through the manufacturing productivity extension (MPEx) program of the Department of Science and Technology – Kalinga Science and Technology Center (DOST-KSTC) that aims to promote product export and the continuing assistance to micro-enterprises under SET-UP.
According to Alfonso Berto, Provincial Officer of DOST-KSTC, science and technology supervising personnel from their main office met with 11 firm operators, mostly on food processing, in the province last week to discuss how local products could be upgraded in order to improve quality and increase a particular product's competitiveness in the global market.
Berto said MPEx helps small and medium enterprise owners identify strategies to improve productivity. "Firm owners have to be assisted and their respective commercial establishment evaluated first to determine the viability of the program to their company and assess their interest to ensure sustainability of the partnership DOST wants to forge with its clients," he explained.
Aside from improving product quality, design and packaging, MPEx tries to improve the manufacturing process to eliminate waste of material inputs; improve lay out of machines to eliminate waste of time and energy; establish material management system to prioritize needs; and produce precise stocks to avoid being outmoded and expired.
The team from the Colzado Consultancy Management (TAPI-DOST) provided technical services to businessmen and trained these 11 proprietors on June 2. The following day, a seminar on Grow Your Business through productivity improvement, 5S and GMP was held for the same group of managers and 55 employees of Western Woodcraft.
Meanwhile, Berto informed that a memorandum of agreement was signed June 3 between DOST-CAR and Antuza Refalda, for the upgrading of the Kalinga Brew. He said the assistance drawn from SET-UP was in the form of equipments to further improve processing and packaging of the pioneer Kalinga brewed coffee product into export quality.
Also given production equipments were Kalinga Blend owned by Grace Agtina; Regina Madio for her gift shop business; furniture tools for Alexander Asuncion for his wood-base industry; and many other businesses that availed of DOST's assistance. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]