BAGUIO CITY, May 17(PIA) - - Another micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) in the city is set to boost its productivity under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program(SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera(DOST - CAR).
DOST Benguet Provincial S&T Center Director Sheila Marie Claver and Dee Laurice Lapaan of the Thikface Food Services recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the SETUP, wherein the project will include provision of one unit of planetary mixer, a two=deck gas oven, and one set of stainless cooling rack and the appropriate technology trainings/consultancy services and other S&T Intervention to improve efficiency, productivity and competitiveness of the firm, as needed.
Thikface Food Services based in Pinsao Proper has been operating in Baguio City since 2014, providing catering and food services to the locals, tourists and to private and government Institutions.
The MSME's food services also include delivery of their cake products such as Dream Cake Series and cupcakes, not only in Baguio,but also in nearby provinces of Zambales, Ilocos Norte and Cagayan.
Through the partnership, the DOST SETUP aims to upgrade and acquire quality baking equipment in compliance to the current Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety standards; increase their annual volume of production and annual gross sales, and for the MSME to also acquire Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - license to operate.
Benguet PSTC has eight approved projects (4 each in Baguio City and the Province of Benguet) this 2021 with around P6.36 million allocations for the provision of equipment and technology upgrade and other needed S&T interventions.
Other SETUP beneficiaries in Baguio City are the Makk Builders in Sto. Tomas Proper, GQB Apparels of Barangay Ambiong and Chokko's Bakeshop of Pinsao Pilot Project.
For the province of Benguet, DOST SETUP project beneficiaries for this year are the Benguet Fresh Produce Multi - purpose Cooperative of Alno, La Trinidad; Morning Bloom Welding Shop of barangay Balili, La Trinidad; Wow Digital Studio of Abatan, Buguias, Benguet, and JNON Construction of Shilan, La Trinidad.
Claver outlined that SETUP is DOST - CAR's holistic S&T package for qualified MSMEs in Cordillera to help improve their entrepreneurial undertakings and at the same time to boost economic activity in the region.
"We hope that with the fullimplementation of our SETUP projects for 2021, these MSMEs will be able to improve production process and increase income and employment generation, thereby contributing to the economy, not only in Baguio City and Benguet but in the whole region as well. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)