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DOST-3 approves 19 projects in Central Luzon worth P16M in 1st half of 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 30 — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office here has approved a total of 19 projects worth some P16 million in the first half of the year.

Dr. Victor Mariano, DOST regional director, said the projects are under the agency's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Mariano said the beneficiaries include the Amanda’s Marine Products in Balanga City, Bataan for the construction of a cold storage facility.

Amanda's Marine Products is a leading producer of fish-based food condiments as well as dried fish products,

"This is the firm’s third SETUP engagement," he said.

He said the Grace and Mercy rice mill in Baler, Aurora, on the other hand, will be able to acquire a multi-pass mill to upgrade its milling facilities.

He also said that the Asia Ceramics in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga, already an industry stalwart is aiming to further assure the quality of its products through the acquisition of a clay filter press and a bursting strength test machine.

SETUP, which was introduced as a DOST flagship program in 2002, gives assistance to micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing them with the means to acquire appropriate technology interventions to upgrade their processes leading to improved quality and increased productivity.

The DOST official said that an an enterprise may qualify for SETUP assistance if it belongs to any of the identified priority sectors such as agriculture and horticulture; food processing; furniture; gifts, toys and decors (GTD); information technology and communication/electronics; marine and aquatic resources; metals and engineering; and pharmaceutical/health products.

"SETUP has proven to be an effective avenue through which small entrepreneurs can gain access to modern production technologies that would otherwise be too difficult to properly identify and acquire without financing assistance," he said. (PNA)

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