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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesSaturday, May 12, 2012
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DOST assists SME

The Little Children of the Philippines Foundations Inc. received a check for P136,000 recently from the Department of Science and Technology through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, a press release from the agency said yesterday.

Gilbert Arbon, director of the DOST-Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology, presented the check to Carmenia Benosa, LCPFI administrative director, to be used for the purchase of meat processing equipment like heavy-duty meat grinder, meat sausage stuffing machine, chest freezer, and hand dryer, the press release said.

LCPFI, established in 1989, has about 4,000 member-beneficiaries in 14 communities within Dumaguete City and surrounding towns. It has ventured into processed meat production as a micro-enterprise activity for children and parents who are living in low-income communities.

In exchange for assistance from LCPFI, members render 10 hours of community service weekly, or can work at the meat processing project to avail of income generating opportunities, the press release said.

The DOST said the Foundation is one of the small and medium enterprises in Negros Oriental that have availed of the DOST-SETUP, a nationwide program to encourage and assist SMEs to adopt technological innovations to improve operations, the press release also said.

SETUP provides assistance, like the infusion of new or advanced technologies, for technology acquisition, human resource training, technical assistance, and consultancy services.

Other SMEs interested to avail of the SETUP may inquire at the DOST Negros Oriental S&T Center in Daro, Dumaguete City, the press release added.*


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