Small enterprises venturing in health products and services and information, communication, and technology can now avail of the innovation system support fund assistance of the Department of Science and Technology under its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program, Allan Francis Dara-ug, DOST provincial director, said yesterday.
SETUP-DOST provides technical assistance to upgrade machines and equipment of manufacturing industries like furniture, metal and engineering, agriculture, handicrafts, aquatic and marine, ICT, and health products and services, Dara-ug said.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo has added the ICT and health products and services in the priority sectors that will be assisted under the program because its booming industry has provided jobs and development in the country, Dara-ug said.
He also said the new sectors are progressing in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental as investments from BPO companies started to flock and the organic agriculture campaign of the province is developing as well.
The assistance aims to help them improve their production, minimize expenses, manage waste, and produce competitive and quality products, Dara-ug said, adding that business owners will submit proposals to DOST and when approved, they have three years to pay the amount without interest.
DOST will have a forum on SETUP at the ANP Show Room on June 26 that will discuss the processes on how business owners can avail of the assistance, he said.
The representatives of DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute will also talk on forest-based technology like biomass energy generation, housing and construction, furniture and handicraft, packaging, and kilns and drying, he added.
Interested parties may contact Hazel Rivera at 434-1000 or Glady Reyes at 707-0170. Registration is P500 and is inclusive of forum kits and food. *LTG