By Antonio Manaytay
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has extended technology upgrade assistance amounting to P14.6 million to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Zamboanga Sibugay since January.
Through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Setup), the DOST has assisted at least 12 MSMEs in the province.
One recipient, Amabelle’s Cakes and Pastries, is a business in Villacorte village, Olutanga.
The bakeshop has received P315,700 to upgrade its equipment and to improve productivity, Jennifer Pidor, head of DOST-Zamboanga Sibugay.
Pidor said the assistance is one way to “address the issue on food security in the island (of Olutanga)” amid the pandemic.
She said the fund assistance will be for the procurement of equipment.
DOST expects the bakeshop to increase at least 25 percent in production and income, she said.
The recipient, she noted, had 248 orders of cakes and pastries per year. At P500 each, this translates to an annual gross income of P865,000.
Amabelle Camoy, the proprietor of the bakeshop, said the assistance from DOST would enable her to improve production and sales.
The 12 Setup-assisted projects in the province cover the following business sectors: agriculture, aquaculture, forestry and horticulture; food processing; information and communications technology and electronics; and metals and engineering.
Other MSMEs the DOST has assisted are the following: Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) Achasol, Berbana Rice Mill, RJ Bakeshop, Cassy’s Sweet Bites and Grill, Rendon Rice Mill, The Project Computer Services and Enterprises, Rosemarry Rice Retailing, Brito’s Rice Mill, Remitera Bakery, G.D. Motor Parts, and Zamora Rice Mill.