COTABATO CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in agricultural and manufacturing sectors in Soccsksargen Region have more opportunities to strengthen their business courtesy of the Department of Science and Technology - Region 12 (DOST-12).
Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, said they launched recently the “Consultancy For Agricultural and Manufacturing Improvement” (CAMPI) program to boost the productivity of MSMEs to become competitive in the domestic and international markets.
CAMPI has two components, namely: Consultancy for Agricultural Enhancement Program” (CAPE) and the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program(MPEX).
“By availing these CAMPI projects, we are confident that the beneficiaries will attain higher productivity that will be favorable to their businesses,” Dr. Laidan said.
DOST hopes that with these projects MSMEs can turn into big players both in the local and international markets to help sustain the economic growth in the countryside, she added.
CAMPI is funded by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), an attached agency of the DOST.
The orientation for the CAMPI beneficiaries was held in General Santos City, where DOST-12 also signed a memorandum of agreement with the program’s consultants.
Witnessing the event were Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, TAPI director, and Dr. Virginia Novenario-Enriquez, chief of RITDD, Philippine Council for Industry and Emerging Technology Research and Development or PCIEERD-DOST.
Consultants for CAPE component are: Prof. Arlyn A. Mandas, an aquaculture expert from the Mindanao State University in General Santos City who will handle the fish-farm beneficiaries in Sarangani and General Santos City; Prof. Ben G. Bareja, a horticulture expert from MSU-GSC, for the horticulture farms in South Cotabato and Gensan and Gemma Constantino and Dr. Victorino Laviste of Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) who provide consultancy services to the prawn farms in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat and tilapia ponds in South Cotabato.
Ms. Baby R. Lim, of the Summit Consultancy and Research Services, a DOST accredited consultancy firm based in Mandaue City, was chosen as consultant for the MPEX component.
Initial beneficiaries of the program include 15 firms that qualified for the MPEX component and 22 farms for the CAPE component.
CAMPI program is a component of DOST’s umbrella program, Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP).
Other components include technology trainings, laboratory services, packaging and labeling, and technical assistance.
For more information about SET-UP, kindly visit the Provincial Science and Technology Centers nearest you. (OLAbo/DOST-12/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)