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Department of Science and Technology Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program

Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. No part of this work covered by the copyright hereon may be reproduced and/or used in any form or by any means - graphic, electronic, or mechanical, without written permission of the publisher of this book. Producer / Publisher Department of Science & Technology Technical Advisers Dr. Maripaz L. Perez Undersecretary for Regional Operations Dr. Carol M. Yorobe Assistant Secretary Project Coordinator Sherin Kingking Photographs Karen Nibungco Mark Limchoa Layout Karen Nibungco Additional Photographs Office of DOST SETUP Region II JC Garden Management RCD Wax Private Collection Article Contributions DOST Region Offices Article re-editing Glenn Ituriaga

Raw materials and products of various DOST SETUP-assisted firms (left to right): Soybeans of Nutri-Booster Philippines, Dyed Leaves of J’s Crafts, Calamansi of Zamboanga City Calamansi Growers MPC, Pili nuts of J. Emmanuel’s, and Banig of TAPS Handmade Products

To the dedicated DOST Staff all over the Philippines, To our present and future cooperators, To all the people whose lives have changed because of science and technology, To the our countrymen,

We, from the Department of Science and Technology, humbly offer this book.

In 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wanted to have a more focused program of assistance for our countrymen in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) sector. We, at the Department of Science and Technology responded to that by launching the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). Through SETUP, we helped the MSMEs all over the country to appreciate and make use of the technological innovations that are available. These technologies played a crucial role in their efficient operations and better product development that all lead to increase in productivity. Now, five years later, I am proud to present this humble offering The 50 Oustanding Technology SME Adoptors in the Philippines, which showcases the story of 50 of our technology adoptors. These MSMEs show us what technology can do to improve the lives and the livelihood of our people. They prove to us once more that science and technology, indeed, works for us. The 50 outstanding firms we feature in this book are those whom SETUP have assisted in one or more ways in the aspects of technical assistance through training and consultancy services, product quality improvement, process/system enhancement, testing and calibration, and in packaging R&D and labeling. These firms were chosen because of their abilities to adapt and sustain technological intervention, and the impact of the intervention on the firm, community, industry and the environment. From the pages of this book, you will know their story. And through the photographs, you will see their beauty. I hope their story will inspire us to venture into business, to take advantage of the many benefits of technology, and to be grateful that all we have worked hard for have come to fruition.










Region 1

Ilocos Region


Region 2

Cagayan Valley


Region 3

Central Luzon


Region 4A



Region 4B



Region 5



Region 6

Western Visayas


Region 7

Central Visayas


Region 8

Eastern Visayas


Region 9

Zamboanga Peninsula


Region 10

Northern Mindanao


Region 11

Davao Region


Region 12



Region 13



Firms Directory


DOST Regional Offices


DOST Contact Numbers


About SET-UP‌. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) in response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s call for more focused programs for assistance to MSMEs. SET-UP is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist MSMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. The program enables firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technology interventions to improve productivity through better product quality, human resources development, cost minimization and waste management, and improvement of operations-related activities. Presently, there are six (6) priority sectors covered by SET-UP: 1) Food Processing; 2) Furniture; 3) Gifts, Decors and Handicrafts; 4) Marine and Aquatic Resources; 5) Horticulture (Cut flowers, fruits and high value crops) and 6) Metals and Engineering. The following are DOST Strategies to assist MSMEs thru SET-UP: PROVISION OF TECHNOLOGY Technology Needs Assessment The DOST assesses the technology needs of the firms and identifies the appropriate technologies for adoption. Once identified, technology source(s) are selected and negotiations are made for technology acquisition and installation. Innovation System Support DOST provides technological intervention through the acquisition of equipment to improve quality of the products, reduce waste from production, and increase operational efficiency and production capacity of the firm. Human Resource Development Training DOST provides technical trainings to MSMEs to develop production skills and practices of workers. Some of the trainings provided are on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) particularly for food processing, good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality and environment management systems (QMS/EMS), among others.

Consultancy and Technical Advisory Services Continuing technical and productivity consultancy services are provided to firms by DOST through its pool of science and technology experts to ensure successful adoption of technologies. PRODUCT STANDARDS AND TESTING Products must meet certain standards to be able to compete locally and globally. Testing services are offered by DOST thru its network of regional testing laboratories to assess if products conform to local and international standards. PACKAGING R&D AND LABELING Products must be packaged well to increase shelf life especially for food products, improve handling and protection and ultimately improve marketability. In addition, the export market requires appropriate labeling of food products to satisfy the demands of environment and health conscious consumers. DOST offers MSMEs assistance in developing functional designs for packages, identifying, developing and utilizing suitable or alternative packaging materials especially from indigenous sources. DATA BASE MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEM DOST maintains several databases which can be accessed through the SETUP web page. These include listings of available technologies at the national and regional levels, S&T experts, and testing laboratories (including testing services provided) along with costs. LINKAGING AND NETWORKING The DOST has maintained linkages with different government and non-government agencies to assist MSMEs in the following :

1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

Raw material sourcing Marketing Technical/entrepreneurial training Financing Equipment design and fabrication


NCR National Capital Region

Danilyn’s Enterprise, Inc. Unsurpassed. That’s how the craftsmanship showcased by Danilyn’s Enterprises can be described. So fine are Danilyn’s products that the company has been chosen by Malacañang Palace itself to furnish its halls. As the President goes about her everyday affairs, she’s confident with the comfort and style Danilyn’s furnishing provides. The current tagline of Danilyn’s, “setting the standard for personal space”, affirms the company’s vision to be a front-runner in high-end interior design. Danilyn’s range of customized products and services include soft furnishings like pillows and duvet covers, draperies and curtains, lamp shades, and other furniture. Founded in 1990, the company is led by its current president, Ignacio Dante Medallo. The Las Piñasbased company works closely with architects, interior designers and artists in determining the current trends and designs. Most of all, the company allows the customer to share his or her needs, as every piece of furniture is customized.


Mapagmahal Foods Imagine freshly-squeezed calamansi and dalandan juices without the bitter aftertaste. These are the products proudly offered by Mapagmahal Foods, makers of the Good Sense brand of fruit juice concentrates. Ready-to-drink and a healthier alternative to sodas, Good Sense fruit juices are made available in school canteens, country clubs and health clubs. Fernando Esguerra, the proprietor of Mapagmahal Foods, believes that the aftertaste when drinking calamansi and dalandan turns off consumers, so he sought to produce calamansi and dalandan juice concentrates that eliminate the bitterness. Good Sense fruit juice a ready-to-drink and a healthier alternative to sodas is also available in Lemonada/Lemonsito, Lemonada sugar-free, Dalandan and Kalamantea. These juices are packed in 300ml and 800ml PET bottles and are made available in school canteens, country clubs and health clubs. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) believes in the ingenuity of Esguerra’s products, and has assisted him in acquiring the facilities he needs. Through DOST intervention, training in good manufacturing practices and food and non-food packaging were provided. Mapagmahal Foods acquired equipment such as steam jacketed kettle, a semi-automatic filling machine, a capping machine, pumps, compressors, and slicing and squeezing machines required to produce quality products. Through these interventions, Mapagmahal Foods was able to reduce production time by 100%, and increased its monthly production output by 171%. The juices now have longer shelf life of more than one year, allowing better storage and wider distribution. For an entrepreneur like Esguerra, a great product and increased profits make Good Sense indeed.


Marventure Corporation In a tropical country like the Philippines, iced tea is one of the most popular beverages around. That’s why many manufacturers vie in the iced tea business. While large corporations dominate the market of commercial iced tea, there are some small companies that make their mark in the industry by providing unique and refreshing varieties to everyone’s favorite drink. One of these forward-thinking companies is Marventure Corporation. Janice Buenaventura, the proprietress of Marventure Corporation, knows the huge potential of iced tea as a business venture. Marventure is a food manufacturing company that produces the Allmytea brand of iced teas. Allmytea is made from brewed iced tea that’s carefully blended with freshly-squeezed calamansi and orange juice extracts. This combination results in a distinct taste that sets Allmytea apart from other brands. Allmytea is available in both concentrate and ready-to-drink forms. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) helped Buenaventura achieve her plans of making the Allmytea brand more accessible to the general market. Through DOST interventions, Marventure has acquired tea and fruit juice extractors, boilers, water treatment equipment and other facilities that maintains the freshness and quality of the beverage. In addition, DOST provided consultancies and trainings for Marventure personnel, like productivity improvement, product processing, and plant layouts. These S&T interventions led Marventure to an incredible increase of 477% in their production capacity and a 311% increase in their average monthly production volume. Marventure was also able to construct a new plant and hire additional workers. At the rate of their development, more and more people will soon be able to experience the refreshing taste of Allmytea.



The Merry Cooks, Inc. Italian cuisine has always been known for its rich flavors and elaborate recipes. We Filipinos know great food when we tasted one, and Italian cuisine always has a special place in our appetite. However, complicated preparations of Italian dishes inhibit Filipinos from including them in everyday cooking. But one Filipino company is on its way to changing this perception by offering high-quality Italian food products to the average Filipino consumer. The Merry Cooks, Inc. is a food processing company that specializes in Italian delicacies, such as dips, sauces and breads. Their Bravo! line of food products is perfect for parties, get-togethers, or simply for regular serving. Bravo! dips, spreads, and sauces are packaged in conveniently-sized glass jars offered from 330 grams to 130 grams. Their Italian breads include croutons, crostini, pizza chips, focaccia and lavosh. These breads are available in 150 gram and 70 gram boxes. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has assisted the company by providing training to its employees on good manufacturing practices (GMP). Merry Cooks Inc. was able to acquire gas-fired ovens, cooking vats, mechanical slicers and a pH meter to produce quality products. With these inputs, Merry Cooks’ productivity went up to 300% and increased its monthly average volume of production on bottled product by 173%. It has also expanded its market outlets from 16 to 65 nationwide. Bravo! can now be found in more places like malls, groceries, and in their own Bravo! restaurant chains. This feat is truly worthy of the Bravo! name.



Toscano-Soriano Trading Everyone has his or her own symbol of success and for the Toscanos, it comes from a very unusual source: dried seafood. Cesar and Beth Toscano are the founders and proprietors of Toscano-Soriano Trading, makers of Seakid Crispy Pusit and Crispy Dilis food products. From an initial small repacking venture trading on dried anchovies, squid and peanuts, the company has developed into an enterprise with its own brand name and signature products. A new venture means more refined production and packaging operations. The Seakid line of dried seafood products was introduced and the company became a recipient of assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), particularly on good manufacturing practices (GMP) training, and packaging and labeling of products. To improve product quality, TS Trading acquired convection ovens, vacuum sealers, high pressure burners, and other modern equipment, and availed of trainings and consultancies. This resulted in increased TS Trading’s asset size by 32%, escalated their monthly average sales by 26%, and improved their product shelf life from 6 months to one year.



Cordillera Administrative Region

Brookspoint Multi-Purpose Cooperative

The Brookspoint Multi-Purpose Cooperative is into the cut-flower business. Its farmer-members needed help in packaging and labelling their products to be at par with their competitors in the market. Most importantly, inconsistencies in the produce brought about by uncontrollable weather changes posted a huge challenge to the farmers. These concerns were readily addressed by the technological interventions and training DOST provided to the deserving Brookspoint farmers. Although Brookspoint started by producing cutflowers, they have now expanded their product line to include semi-temperate vegetables such as tomatoes, celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and other fruits as well, all of which they plant following the crop rotation method. S&T interventions enabled the farmers to have a sustainable means of livelihood. Ushering the Brookspoint Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the dawn of global marketing and consumption is its manager Victor Atiw Inso, who hopes one day to bring their cooperative into the forefront of the organic farming industry. Inspired by their achievement with DOST partnership, he and his fellow farmers hope to build a training center that will benefit other farmers from other barangays and to promote the awareness of the benefits of patronizing organic products and to gain support from the general public for this industry.



Tawidcraft Baguio City is known not just for its mouth-watering strawberries and fresh flowers but also as one of the fastest-growing hubs in the silvercraft business. Numerous successful and promising companies venturing into the silvercraft industry are based here in the City of Pines. Among them is Tawid Craft, in business since 1992 and a real success story among Filipino entrepreneurs. Founded and owned by couple Rey and Wilhelmina Rimando, Tawid Craft started out with metal scraps from old buildings, particularly those destroyed in the 1990 Luzon earthquake. When the city began to pick up from the crisis, so did Tawid Craft. Starting out a business from scratch is not easy, and the Rimandos soon found out that a growing business needs organization, particularly when the business is becoming the primary source of income to its owners and employees. Tawidcraft sought the assistance of DOST to improve operation and enhance product quality. The company acquired more advanced equipment and facilities for its operations. Today, Tawid Craft has increased its productivity ten times as much as when it first started out. The company is fast becoming a major player in the silvercraft industry, with potential to expand the business to foreign markets.


Balbin’s Furniture Balbin’s Furniture, owned by Romeo Balbin and his wife Natividad, is a maker of export-quality furniture products in Bangued, Abra. They produce wood dining sets, sala sets, beds, china cabinets, doors, door jambs, coffee tables, office tables, moldings, narra planks, among others. Balbin’s Furniture also holds the distinction of being the first manufacturer of bamboo tiles in the Cordillera Region. Such recognition would not have been possible without the assistance from DOST SETUP. A particular technology is needed to manufacture bamboo tiles and wood furniture. DOST assisted Balbin’s Furniture in the establishment of a kiln dryer needed to improve the quality of wood furniture and bamboo tiles. Also, assistance was provided for product label designing for the handicrafts, and upgrading of the production equipment. The following equipment were acquired to improve the products: bamboo tile width sizer, bamboo thickness sizer, and 3-in-1 machine (wood thickness cleaner, sizer, and jointer) Because of these interventions, the operation of Balbin’s Furniture has improved by more than 100%. With the use of the wood kiln dryer, drying of raw materials only takes up to 14 days compared to sundrying which takes months. Acquisition of 3-in-1 machine (wood thickness cleaner, sizer and jointer) also makes the production faster, where products are transformed from raw materials in the morning to finished products in the afternoon. Before, planing is done by using portable planers with 3 ¼” blade, now it can be done using the 3-in-1 machine 18 inch-blade. Utilizing such equipment benefited the company with lower operational cost, and increased turn-around time.



Ilocos Region

David’s Wellcraft and More People say that the Ilocos region is home to the most penny-pinching of Filipinos, but what they don’t know is that many bustling enterprises are based here as well. Take for example David’s Well Crafts and More, a handicrafts business owned by Lowell A. Villa, based in Bauang, La Union. David’s Well Crafts specializes in producing handicrafts and other items out of plant material. And when we say plant material, we mean the whole plant: David’s Well Crafts is known for its ingenious designs and inspired use of plant parts. From leaves, barks, and twigs, to roots and wood slabs and even seeds, David’s has an artistic use for them all; and of its products, the company proudly states, no two items are exactly alike. The company enjoys a steady supply of raw materials. Typical plant discards become works of art in the hands of David’s employees. Some of these raw materials are also free or costs very little, which means higher profits for the manufacturer. This artistry and resourcefulness makes David’s Well Crafts one of the most exciting handicrafts company in the region. The company has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations from expositions and trade fairs. In its bid for expansion, it sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology; and through DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), S&T intervention required equipment were provided. From the assistance, David’s Well Crafts and More is not only able to answer larger orders, it also allowed more creativity.



Ilocos Food Products

Ilocos, a region wealthy in history and culture, is also notable for its wide array of native delicacies. Among these is the tasty chichacorn, a snack made from boiled, sundried and fried corn. The chichacorn comes from a fine variety of corn, and unlike the typical fried corn snack, this Ilocano variant has a unique taste and crunchiness. The chichacorn can be eaten as is or in various flavors, and is a healthy and delicious snack alternative. The chichacorn is a prime investment for many Ilocano entrepreneurs. Leading the pack is Ilocos Food Products, a company which started out with the business name Ilocos Chichacorn. Since its founding in 1989, Ilocos Food Products has grown from a chichacorn-based food company into a business producing a broader range of native food products. Among the native Ilocano snacks also produced by Ilocos Food Products are banana chips, sweet potato chips, roasted peanuts, vinegar, squash noodles and basi, or sugar cane wine. S&T intervention to assist the company came in the form of appropriate equipment, labeling and packaging and facilities to improve production and cope with the huge demands of food manufacturing. Ilocos Food Products currently feature a large selection of chichacorn flavors: garlic, barbecue, cheese, sweet, spicy, sweet ‘n spicy and adobo. It has started making steps to further expand food manufacture and distribution. It has begun delivering its products not only in the Ilocos region but also in Manila and other parts of the country, as well as abroad. Pretty soon, the delectable taste of Ilocos chichacorn will be enjoyed not only by Filipinos but everyone else in the world.


Sevilla Woodcraft Danilo Sevilla, owner and manager of Sevilla Woodcraft in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, manufactures wooden housewares and crafts made from high quality wood. Sevilla Woodcraft mainly caters to wholesalers and exporters. S&T intervention addressed the concern on high percentage of rejects due to warps and cracks and moisture content. The DOST assistance included provision of the technology on furnace-type dryer and consultancy on manufacturing productivity. With these interventions, the moisture content level was lowered to 14%, thereby meeting the requirements of the exporters. Rejects are now as low as 10%, and Sevilla Woodcraft has increased production volume by 46% from 66,933 pieces to 97,464 pieces. Gross sales rose to 25% and direct employment was increased from 76 to 103.




Cagayan Valley

Palaisdaan Natin Dr. Ildefonso B. Costales Jr., a surgeon, is also an astute businessman. He owns the Palaisdaan Natin, a hatchery of tilapia fingerlings whose market ranges from Cagayan to Ifugao and to Ilocos Norte. Taking advantage of the consistent market demand, Dr. Costales sought the assistance of DOST to turn his 1.1 hectare land in Barangay Nabbuan, Santiago City into a major tilapia hatchery in the region. DOST provided assistance in the form of training, preparation of ponds and concrete tanks, and artificial incubators. It also introduced the sex-reversed tilapia (SRT) technology in 2004, enabling the production of all-male tilapias that weigh more and grow faster. With the SRT technology, his farm produced 5 million fingerlings every month, thereby increasing the hatchery’s income to PhP 2 Million annually. Aside from the farm in Barangay Nabbuan, Dr. Costales also invested in a 2-hectare farm in Barangay Divisoria, Santiago City. Together, these two (2) farms increased its earnings from PhP 750,000.00 annually to PhP 3.5 Million, all because of the interventions in training, management, and sex-reversed tilapia technology provided by DOST Region 02. And because Palaisdaan Natin is a beneficiary of DOST Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement (CAPE), Isabela became the country’s second biggest supplier of tilapia.



J’s Crafts, Gifts, Toys, & Housewares In Cabarroguis, Quirino, fossilized flowers gave a chance to this community to rise out of poverty. Ms. Joyce V. Leal, owner of J’s Craft, Gift, Toys and Housewares spearheaded the production of fossilized flowers or preserved blossoms made of dried and dyed leaves. Her dedicated and hard work created employment and generated income for the out-of-school youth and women of Quirino province. Her neighbors help her in gathering the leaves from trees in their backyards or community, leaves from narra, mahogany, jackfruit, and especially “alibangbang” or butterfly tree. Twenty-five (25) kilograms of leaves constitute enough raw materials to produce 100,000 buds. The interventions of the Department of Science and Technology Region 2 consisted of training on chemical and organic bleaching and dyeing technologies from the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), DOST which was conducted on-site to the workers of the company, and provision of 30 kg capacity drier, bleaching tanks, and other related tools and equipment needed to manufacture barks, twigs, and stem as components for the fossilized flowers. With the interventions of DOST and the hard work put in by Ms. Joyce Leal, sales increased to 100% and it contributed to making the community into a growing enterprise.


Herbakh Industries, Inc. With its fertile lands, strategic location and broad diversity both natural and cultural, Isabela is one of the most progressive provinces in Northern Luzon. The province is known as the “Rice Granary of the North” because of its vast plains suitable for growing high-quality rice, but recently, Isabela has also began to enjoy the arrival of new business ventures. One of them is HERBAKH Industries, maker of the “Wagas” brand of herbal products. According to Engr. Alex U. Khong Hun, proprietor of HERBAKH Industries, having his business in Isabela is an advantage, notably because the fertility of the land is perfect for cultivating herbal and aromatic plants. In fact, some of the plants used by the company are native in Isabela like the “barbaniw” or lemongrass, citronella, ylan-ylang, guava, calamansi and others. Since its inception in 1998, the company has encountered its own share of setbacks, but through the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Engr. Alex Khong Hun was able to weather the problems. During the early days of the company, the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), DOST, provided necessary trainings on herbal soap making and other personal care products, chemical laboratory analyses of essential oils and anti-microbial activity of soaps and femwash products. Today, DOST continues to aid HERBAKH Industries through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) with the acquisition of S&T intervention related equipment, and packaging and labeling. Engr. Alex Khong Hun, with his own entrepreneurial skills and some help from DOST, he was able to expand his business at a stable rate. Today, HERBAKH Industries maintains a steady market, with orders from as far away as Canada. The producer of “Wagas” herbal products is slowly realizing his dream of maintaining a business venture as eternal as his company’s brand name suggests.



Central Luzon

Amanda’s Marine Products Amanda’s Marine Products was established in Balanga City, Bataan in 1999 after years of backyard operation. Ms. Armanda T. Battad took over the family enterprise and elevated it to a commercial level of operation. Realizing that product quality is an essential requirement to boost its market competitiveness, Ms. Battad approached DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center Bataan for the necessary assistance. The DOST SET-UP provided trainings on heat penetration, good manufacturing practices, shelf life testing, and cleaner production audit and facilitated the acquisition and use by Amanda’s Marine Products of the necessary stainless steel cooking tubs, grinder, refractometer and vacuum packaging machine. The Packaging Research and Development Center of ITDI-DOST developed its label designs. The enterprise was eventually enrolled as the producer of one of a few accredited products for the “Galing Bataan” Provincial Brand Development Project. Needless to say, the improved quality of the finished products passed international standards such that purchase orders started pouring in. Its 20 employees swelled to 31, and its P3.3M first quarter sales in 2008 is even higher than its average annual sales of P3M. Amanda’s Marine Products had ceased playing on a miniature playing field. It is a small fry no more!



Munoz Science City Food Products The smell of coffee in the morning is always a warm welcome to a new day, and Ms. Leticia Basubas, a lady entrepreneur from Nueva Ecija, may just have the perfect coffee: rice coffee (kapeng bigas). Rice is the staple food in the country, but not many Filipinos know of its various uses other than as boiled rice on the dining table. Ms. Basubas, known as the “Rice Coffee Queen of Nueva Ecija”, learned rice coffee production from her grandmother, and decided to mass produce it for wider consumption. In 2003, the former assistant researcher from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) established Munoz Science City (MSC) Food Products. For her rice coffee granules, Ms. Basubas uses roasted rice grains. The roasted rice grains are then ground and packed in plastic bottles and bags. Aside from plain rice coffee, Ms. Basubas also developed rice coffee in tea bags, as well as 3-in-1 (with sugar and milk) varieties. Ms. Basubas’ ideas are ingenious and inspired but she met some difficulties in operations. She approached the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and through SETUP, she was provided with S&T intervention required equipment: a roasting machine, a pulverizer, and a tea bag making machine. Today, MSC Food Products has expanded its product line to include other rice products such as rice brownies, cakes, rice nougat, and even rice wine (tapuy). She likewise ventured into carrot tea, lemon grass tea and malunggay tea. MSC is currently marketing its unique products major stores in the country and in as far as Guam, USA. Guided by her firm belief in the Almighty and her desire to help the out-of-school youth in the community, this dedicated lady has reached a playing field that many entrepreneurs could only dream of.


Venzon Manufacturing Corporation Thirty years of manufacturing experience and expertise in the lighting industry coupled with the interventions from the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) made Venzon Manufacturing Corporation (VMC) the country’s premier exporter of lighting fixtures. When VMC was only two years old and was shipping an average of 4 to 5 container vans a month, it sought the assistance of DOST Region 3 to improve its operations. DOST readily provided interventions that address the firm’s company-wide concerns, ranging from manufacturing productivity for systems and operations to administration and management, product development and design to production and marketing. The DOST SETUP likewise infused technology interventions: the spray booth, the oven dryer, and the manufacturing software. Because of these, paint drying time was reduced by 50% and on-time delivery was assured even during rainy months. Furthermore, the computer software enabled the management to efficiently allocate resources, and provided timely and crucial information for effective monitoring of inventory. VMC production can now fill 8 container vans per week compared to 1 container van per week before. The company also increased its workforce from 85 regular and sub-contract employees to 120. The assistance from DOST and the careful planning, strategy and study of the company’s production practices enabled Venzon Manufacturing Corporation to realize and even exceed its dream volume of production.



Lety’s Special Buko Pie Lety’s Buko Pie, made from fresh young coconuts, is not only known in the Philippines but also in many other countries. From Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia in the east to United States and Europe in the west, Lety’s Buko Pie is truly world class. Helping this humble product reach its full potential and full exposure in the global market is the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A CALABARZON. DOST-CALABARZON helped the owner of Lety’s Buko Pie, Lety Belarmino to adopt blast freezing technology. A blast freezer and modern baking technology were acquired through the assistance from DOST’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). The blast freezer made longer shelf life possible for the buko pies, thus making exporting to the different parts of the world possible. DOST also assisted Lety’s Buko Pie in developing its packaging and labelling system to be at par with the world standard. The Packaging Research and Development Center provided a modern and high quality look to the buko pie packaging and wrapping. Furthermore, the employees of Lety’s Buko Pie were trained in the hazard analysis of critical control points (HACCP) and in good manufacturing practices (GMP). Lety’s Buko Pie is one of the strongest testaments that the partnership with hardworking entrepreneurs and the government brings about manifold success: the humble pie-baking business that started with only a PhP 200 capital is now worth about PhP 2.5 million, and the market which started with the students and professors of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) has now grown to include the rest of the world.


Morada’s Handicrafts When the Morada family established Morada’s Handicrafts (MH) about thirty years ago, they began to weave not just decorations and accessories, but also a vision: to make hand-woven products a staple in Philippine furnishing. Today that vision evolved from a P5,000 startup venture into a thriving family business that’s setting local trends and penetrating international markets. The Lipa City, Batangas-based establishment specializes on hand-woven decorations based on locally-available raw materials such as sand and stones, raffia, abaca, sugarcane flowers and tobacco leaves. According to Ranel Morada, manager of MH, almost all of the materials the company uses are native in the country. For example, the company obtains 100,000-150,000 pieces of cane every month from a supplier based in Negros. MH’s most popular products include baskets, candleholders, desktop accessories, jewelry boxes, coasters, trays and wall decorations. The demand for their products is strong, particularly among foreign customers. The company has shipped its products to countries in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Recently, the enterprise was able to develop markets in Lebanon, Dubai and Russia. The growing demands meant constant development on the company’s facilities. Because of their increased production, health and environmental issues were raised, particularly on the company’s use of lacquer and polyurethane finishes. This prompted MH to seek help from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) to assist the company in lowering hazards in its workplace. The solution came through a spray booth design developed by DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI). The spray booth effectively made working conditions safer both for MH’s workers and the community. Such simple innovations not only maximized the productivity of MH, but also provided a better and safer working environment.


NS Alba Handicrafts Neville Alba, owner and manager of NS Alba Handicraft, has been making furniture out of bamboo and rattan for 18 years. What differentiates his firm from the others is the high quality of his finished products because of the infusion of organic materials with metals. The company also takes pride in its high grade finishing, ensured by the technology transfer provided for by DOST SETUP. DOST-SETUP assisted NS Alba Handicraft by means of transferring the FPRDI technology on spray booth. Furthermore, trainings on manufacturing productivity focused on the improvement of production layout and costing procedure had helped the company enhance its productivity. The interventions resulted to a better and safer environment for the workers where the exposure to hazardous fumes and emissions were significantly lessened. A noticeable increase in productivity was achieved among the workers due to the simplified and efficient re-layouting of the production process. Because of these changes, NS Alba Handicraft was lauded by the community for putting a premium on the welfare of its workers and the environment.




ROMTRON Biodiesel (CME) Plant St. VIncent Ferrer Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative People the world over are looking for alternative sources of fuel. The dwindling fossil fuel reserves, the skyrocketing petrol prices, and the environmental concerns brought about by burning fossil fuels are reasons for the search. One of the ideal alternative fuels is biodiesel from coconuts. The Philippines has a comparative advantage in producing this alternative fuel as it is the second largest producer of coconut products in the world. About 25% of cultivated land area in the country is planted with coconuts. To address the demands of the times, DOST-MIMAROPA and the Provincial Government of Romblon teamed up to produce coco methyl ester (CME), an alternative fuel which burns clean and increases the thermal efficiencies of engines. Romblon inaugurated its first one-ton capacity Romtron Philippines CME Plant in Barangay Anahao, Odiongan, Romblon last May 13, 2005. The plant’s CME carries the brand name Romtron Biodiesel. The product passed the tests of the Philippine National Standards for biodiesel and was consequently awarded the Certificate of Fuel Additive registration (CFAR) by the Department of Energy. Tests conducted with the Tablas Diesel Power Plant of the National Power Corporation had shown favorable results with the 10% and 5% CME blends. The plant had helped stabilize copra prices in Romblon. From P4.00 per kilogram when the plant was first conceived, the price of copra had now gone up to P30.00 per kilogram much to the benefit of the farmers. About 1,200 farmers supply the plant with its copra needs. The plant employs 13 workers to man production and marketing operations. Aside from CME the plant also produces crude coconut oil, copra cake, soapstock and glycerin. This means additional income for the cooperative that handles the project – the St. Vincent Ferrer Multi Purpose Cooperative.



Rejano’s Bakery Each province has it’s own unique specialties, and for the province of Marinduque, arrowroot cookies is it’s best and famous food delicacy. Mita Rejano Reyes, a BS Chemistry graduate, manager of Rejano’s Bakery in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque carries the family tradition of producing arrowroot cookies the good old fashioned way, following the recipe that was handed down from generation to generation by her family. From the time her parents entrusted to her the bakery business, transition was so difficult for Mita although the market of their arrowroot products is fast expanding. Supply of raw materials (uraro flour) for the cookies is becoming scarce due to inefficiency of equipment being used to process raw arrowroot rhizomes into flour, making it too tedious, too expensive and too slow. She sought the help of the Marinduque Provincial Agricultural Office and the DOST/PSTC- Marinduque to organize Arrowroot Industry Council to stabilize supply and demand of raw materials in the local market. Also, technology intervention through the conduct of the research and development of appropriate equipment to upgrade the processing technology was provided by the Department of Science and Technology in the collaboration with Bicol State University (BSU) and a private firm KOLBI, all from Bicol Region. With the success of the intervention, Mita decided to construct and establish Arrowroot Processing Plant at Bgy. Lipa, Sta. Cruz. S&T intervention required equipment was also provided by DOST thru the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP). Food analysis of arrowroot cookies and development of the packaging and label design were provided in collaboration with the Industrial Technology Development Institute’s Packaging Research and Development Center. Adopting cleaner production technology found her business more profitable in terms of cost reduction of power and water consumption during plant operation. With all these innovations made, Uraro cookies is now available not only in some Pasalubong Centers in Marinduque but also in major supermarkets in Manila.


Ulip Welding Shop One of the most famous and well-respected metalwork fabricators is the Ulip Welding Shop in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Owned and managed by Mr. Jaime Alagao Ulip and his wife Teresita, Ulip Welding Shop started as a 42sq.m. house extension which offers battery re-charging and repair services in Brgy. Bucayao, Calapan in 1989. Born with an enterprising trait and nimble imagination, Mr. Ulip began designing and developing his own rice threshers. In the early days of his thresher design conceptualization, he diligently worked until wee hours to come up with the best design. His ingenuity paid off when farmers started trekking to his shop and patronizing his threshing-winnowing machine. Gradually, Ulip Welding Shop offered other product lines that include animal-drawn plow, harrow, and cart along with hand tractors and other farm implements. Desiring to improve operations, Mr. Ulip requested assistance from DOST. The DOST Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program provided Ulip Welding Shop a financial assistance of P324,000.00 for the acquisition of sheet and pipe benders aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency. Trainings such as basic machine shop operations and 5S were also provided making production system more efficient. With Mr. Ulip’s continuous perseverance in his business undertaking, he now owns a building in a 400 sq. m. lot in the adjacent Barangay Panggalaan, Calapan City where Ulip Welding Shop is housed. A significant change also occurred in the production timeline: from 12 days to fabricate a thresherwinnower, it now only takes 8 days. These developments consequently attributed to a 10.17% increase in the annual gross income of Ulip Welding Shop amounting to Php4.4M. In 2002 and 2005, Ulip Welding Shop also became a biogas technology adoptor. Estimated fuel savings from October 2002 to May 2008 of the installed biogas facilities to-date is 1,277 cu. m. of methane or 131 LPG tanks valued at PhP62,425. Total carbon dioxide trapped amounts to 511 cu. m. or 4,034 tons per year which, when traded in the world carbon market, has an equivalent value of PhP 277,432.93, at a trading rate of 22.35 EU/ton.



J. Emmanuel’s Pastries From a humble PhP 500 starting capital to a small enterprise with an asset size of PhP 10 Million, J. Emmanuel Pastries is the epitome of an excellent partnership between hardworking company owners and the government agencies. The company combined the traditional Bicolano technique of preserving the original taste of pili nut with modern methods of baking by using the equipment acquired from the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). In 2003, J. Emmanuel’s was given a grant to purchase manufacturing equipment such as an industrial oven, an extractor, an evaporator, and a foot sealer. These machines helped increase the production and efficiency of J. Emmanuel. Lydia and Joseph Emmanuel, attended trainings on good manufacturing practices (GMP) and hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP), as well as applications for prepared and processed foods, and product packaging and labelling. Because of these interventions and trainings, the market for J. Emmanuel’s products impressed buyers all over the Philippines, and even in Japan. The company’s growth in revenue and its seemingly miraculous expansion from a PhP 500 starting capital to an asset size of PhP 10 Million are the products of an excellent partnership between the company owners and various government agencies, most notably, through SETUP of DOST.


Jimbo’s Hatchery Banking up on his experience in prawn fry hatchery operation in Bataan, Quezon, Zambales, and as far as India, Jaime Borile of Camarines Norte ventured into the business. In 2002, Jaime Borile started with PhP 700,000.00 capital, and with the help of his wife, Lorna, they manage the famous JIMBO Prawn Fry Hatchery. Orders as far as Manila reach 15 million prawn fry in cycle, but Jimbo Hatchery’s existing production of 12 Million prawn fry cannot meet the demand in Manila, or even the demand in the Bicol Region alone. Salinity and the control of temperature in the hatching tanks were the main concerns for the steady production of the prawn fry. To overcome this challenge, JIMBO requested the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST SETUP) to acquire machineries needed to aid in the production. In 2004, SETUP provided JIMBO assistance in the form of a portable heating system that will ensure constant temperature in the hatching tanks, a salinometer, an electric motor, and a generator. The acquisition of these equipment resulted in increased production from 9 million to 14 million fry, or equivalent to 55.5% growth, with a 26.66% increase income from PhP 900,000.00 to PhP 1,140,000.00. JIMBO was able to provide jobs for the community with 22 part-time workers in addition to the 7 existing regular workers. With the increase in production, JIMBO is now able to supply the demands not only in the Bicol Region and Manila, but also in Bataan, Batangas, Pangasinan, Quezon, and Zambales.



RCD Wax and Candles Rafael Dagooc started RCD Wax and Candles in 1993. Back then, Dagooc and his wife built a humble plant manufacturing candle and floor wax adjacent to their house in Naga City. For ten (10) years, the company had been steadily producing floor wax and candles and to meet increased demand, RCD Wax and Candles requested assistance from the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST SETUP). Appropriate and improved production method was adopted, new machines and production method were acquired: votive candle machine, two esperma candle machines, and a foot sealer. The acquisition of the equipment enabled RCD to produce 2000 boxes of candles per month. From 24 employees, RCD Wax grew to employ 74 regular employees and 21-part time employees. RCD Wax and Candles now supplies to the leading malls in the country: SM, Gaisano, Makro, LCC, and Robertson.



Western Visayas

RGies Delicacies What once started as a simple hobby of making butterscotch and yema that delighted family and friends has become RGies Delicacies, a flourishing enterprise in Iloilo City that satisfies the sweet cravings of the rest of the country and even abroad. Ramon and Grace Javelosa of RGies Delicacies initially sought the assistance of the Industrial Technology Development Institute’s Packaging Research and Development Center (PRDC), Department of Science and Technology to develop an appropriate packaging and label design for their products. This initial assistance spawned a succession of support that addressed the critical technological needs of their operations. It included assistance in manufacturing productivity that enhanced their production productivity, among others. The innovative packaging and label design jumpstarted the entry of RGies Delicacies butterscotch into the mainstream market, introducing the chewy and delicious confection not only to the people in Western Visayas but to the rest of the country as well. Company sales have increased by 60%, and employment has increased from 2 to 8 regular workers. The country’s leading department stores now carry their products, including SM Guam.



50 Most Outstanding Technology Adoptors

Trappist Monastic Products The monks initially processed locally grown fruits like guava to support their daily needs. When the demand for their product increased, production had to be maintained steadily. A building was erected for the business and pieces of equipment were purchased. Twenty-four additional workers were employed to meet the demands of the growing market. The Trappist monks also introduced new products which included jams made from mango and pineapple, as well as calamansi marmalade. The training on dehydrated fruits and fruit juices enabled them to offer their clients dried fruits such as mangoes and pineapple. To improve the product packaging and labelling, the Trappist Monks sought the help of the Industrial Technology Development Institute’s Packaging Research and Development Center, Department of Science and Technology. When the products with the appropriate packaging and new labels adopted were launched in the market, sales shoot up significantly. The company also adopted another S&T intervention - the improvement of techniques in operating the equipment, which then generated fuel savings of PhP 338,400.00 annually. Through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), two different equipment were acquired. Because of these changes, sales increased by 900%; the production of dried mangoes increased from 1,440 kilos to 5,760 kilos; production of fruit preserves increased from 1,200 boxes to 12,000 boxes; and it has penetrated 10 new markets.



Tumandok Crafts Industries The word tumandok is a Negrense word referring to a native or original inhabitant of a place or province. Josephine Locsin established the Tumandok Crafts Industries in 1997 in Negros Occidental, specializing in resin-laminated gifts, handicrafts and houseware products. Her products are noted for its quality and uniqueness with features that cater well to the changing tastes of customers. Business picked up, and in less than a year she was able to expand her market. Many of the indigenous materials Ms. Locsin uses for her products come from the province itself. These include coconut spikelets, kapok and dried bamboo twigs. At first she got her raw materials from suppliers, but eventually she produced her own materials to suit her designs. Assisting Ms. Locsin make Tumandok Crafts Industries grow is the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). She benefited from the DOST’s technical assistance in identifying the necessary technologies including equipment to improve the productivity of her workers and enhance the quality of her products. Thru the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), S&T intervention required equipment such as dry type spray booth, circular table grinder, modified buffing machine, modified vibrator table and shell cutter were acquired. Today, Ms. Locsin’s business is flourishing and she has plans to expand its existing market outside the country, fulfilling her dream of providing an industry that will help her fellow Negrenses.



Central Visayas

Arden Classics, Inc. In 1993, when Arden and Jen Siarot of Cebu started making miniature furniture, they became sub-contractors in the manufacturing of intricate brass items. Five years later, the demand of the foreign market prompted the couple to establish a new factory in Lapu-Lapu City. This new factory signalled the start of Arden Classic Inc from sub-contractor to a leading furniture maker and exporter. However, rejects and reworks caused by inferior quality metal accessories rose as high as 10% of the production volume, which greatly affected their business. To alleviate this problem, the couple sought the help of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Through DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), electroplating technology was provided to the firm. What used to be 10% rejects and reworks was now reduced to less than 3%. This translated to savings of PhP 1.4Million based on the production of year 2006. Arden Classic Inc. of Cebu now caters to demanding clients, the likes of Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Vannuci, the Ritz Carlton chain shops, the Tavola Collection by Oggetti, Ralph Polo and Ralph Lauren.


Bohol Bee Farm Vicky Wallace, owner and manager of Bohol Bee Farm, which is famous for its salads, fruit spreads, breads, teas, herbs, and honey, is the genius behind innovative food products. One of the most popular salads of Bohol Bee Farm is its vegetable salad topped with flowers –yes, flowers – such as gumamela and cosmos. The food products in the farm are all natural and organic, supplied by the farmers within the community. Ms. Wallace asked for assistance from DOST SETUP to help the production of her pasalubong line of products. Initially, Bohol Bee Farm underwent the manufacturing productivity enhancement where workers were taught proper housekeeping; the plant layout was made more effective and efficient, cutting down backtracking in the production process. Consultants were tapped to provide longer shelflife to the products, particularly the spreads. Other assistance such as product analysis for nutritional facts, as well as packaging and labeling designs to enhance the appearance of its spreads and bottles were also provided. These services undoubtedly increased the firm’s monthly sales to P600,000 in 2007 from P200,000 in 2004. For the best-seller, honey-based spread alone, approximately 3,400 bottles are now sold monthly compared to about 1,300 bottles per month in 2003. A design for a bigger capacity blender has been prepared and DOST assisted the firm in its acquisition and fabrication. Bohol Bee Farm also had an in-house training on basic food safety and good manufacturing practices which contributed to the products’ increased shelf life and provided lesser contamination. Bohol Bee Farm continues to provide not only a place of tranquility and wonder with its lush gardens of gumamela, cosmos, and bougainvillea, but also a place where food is something to look forward to.



Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, the country’s biggest and most modern workshop facility, started as a trading company selling trucks and automobile spare parts. Barely two years later, it expanded into remanufacturing of trucks and automobile engines. The company prides itself in its innovative precision engineering, and is associated with the world’s leading precision manufacturers from Japan, Switzerland, United States, and Italy. It is capable of fabricating, machining, and remanufacturing engine and metal component parts that suit international specifications. Wellmade President and CEO Philip Tan admitted that meeting and maintaining these standards verge on the impossible without placing high premium to the competency development of its human resource and adoption of modern technologies such as those provided by the DOST through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP). Apart from the technical assistance , SET-UP has also facilitated the firm’s acquisition of modern equipment it needs to boost its productivity. With the acquired automatic gear hobber and milling machines, the shop no longer imports machinery gear parts. This has brought down the importation cost to $1,200 annually in the succeeding years from $3,500 prior to the DOST intervention. A $2,300 yearly savings means a lot to the company. In addition, the new technologies have reduced the firm’s operation down time to a maximum of 10 days as compared to 45 days without those machines. Viewing this impact at firm level renders an increase in yearly production that translates to a gross sales of about P30 million from less than P10 million in previous years. Another distinction added to Wellmade Motors is the Most Outstanding Achievement for Quality and Productivity, awarded by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Wellmade Motors is the first SME in the Visayas and Mindanao recognized for its commitment in maintaining the highest quality of machining and reconditioning works that meet both domestic and international standards.



Eastern Visayas

Biliran Essential Oil Manufacturing Philippines Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation, the country’s biggest and most modern workshop facility, started as a trading company selling trucks and automobile spare parts. Barely two years later, it expanded into remanufacturing of trucks and automobile engines. The company prides itself in its innovative precision engineering, and is associated with the world’s leading precision manufacturers from Japan, Switzerland, United States, and Italy. It is capable of fabricating, machining, and remanufacturing engine and metal component parts that suit international specifications. Wellmade President and CEO Philip Tan admitted that meeting and maintaining these standards verge on the impossible without placing high premium to the competency development of its human resource and adoption of modern technologies such as those provided by the DOST through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP). Apart from the technical assistance , SET-UP has also facilitated the firm’s acquisition of modern equipment it needs to boost its productivity. With the acquired automatic gear hobber and milling machines, the shop no longer imports machinery gear parts. This has brought down the importation cost to $1,200 annually in the succeeding years from $3,500 prior to the DOST intervention. A $2,300 yearly savings means a lot to the company. In addition, the new technologies have reduced the firm’s operation down time to a maximum of 10 days as compared to 45 days without those machines. Viewing this impact at firm level renders an increase in yearly production that translates to a gross sales of about P30 million from less than P10 million in previous years. Another distinction added to Wellmade Motors is the Most Outstanding Achievement for Quality and Productivity, awarded by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Wellmade Motor s is the first SME in the Visayas and Mindanao recognized for its commitment in maintaining the highest quality of machining and reconditioning works that meet both domestic and international standards.



Ormoc MACMercury Hardware and Allied Services, Inc. Engr. Alberto Chua, owner and manager of Ormoc MacMercury Hardware, sells lumbers from gmelina wood. Without a lumber dryer however, Engr. Chua is forced to sundry his gmelina lumber for months. This process takes a long time to complete and is without the assurance that it would reach the proper level of moisture content. Chua then approached DOST to help him acquire the proper technology that will speed up the process of production in his shop. DOST assisted him to acquire a 30,000-bd ft capacity furnace-type lumber dryer. With this furnace-type lumber dryer, Ormoc MacMercury Hardware can now produce high-quality gmelina lumber in 23 days instead of the several months. Aside from gmelina, the furnace-type lumber dryer can also accommodate other materials such as bamboo, rattan, sea grass, vine, and coconut. With the intervention from DOST, Engr. Chua is now more equipped to supply the Visayas region with high quality wood furniture.


TAPS Handmade Products TAPS began when Mana Tess was introduced by the local government of Leyte to international trade. A trip to Toronto, Canada for the Canadian International Exhibition exposed her to many different trends in entrepreneurship. Despite the huge costs of airfare and accommodation, she learned a lot of things during the trip: one of the trends during the exhibition is the prevalence of indigenously-made toys, gifts, and other houseware, a kind of business she thought would be perfect in Leyte. She brought this knowledge with her and upon her return, set up her own small enterprise. She registered her business as TAPS Handmade Products. Mana Tess’ base of operations then was a makeshift shop adjacent to her house, with earth flooring and nipa leaves for roofing. Here she and her husband produced their first batch of woven native bags, coin purses, placemats and doormats made from tikog (wild grass) and pandan. Despite its humble beginnings, Mana Tess’ products quickly became popular, and orders started coming in from all over Leyte and nearby provinces. Exposure in trade fairs and expos also contributed greatly to the demands. However, her simple machines and tools are not adequate enough to satisfy the volume of orders from big clients. In order to deliver larger numbers, she would need to upgrade her equipment, which is too much an investment for the young company.

Mana Tess sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to address the production constraint of her firm. Thru DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, her production process was mechanized. Technical assistance and consultancy on product quality improvement, training on dyeing techniques, and assistance on marketing strategies were also provided by DOST to the firm. The DOST SET-UP provided assistance not only increased the production of her shop dramatically, it also allowed Mana Tess to accept more clients and orders. She gradually increased her workforce and built a bigger shop made of concrete. She was also able to send her son to college and purchase a second-hand van from the increased profits. From that fateful trip to Toronto, Mana Tess was able to build a highly-dynamic enterprise. Her story of success was heard not only in Leyte, but in other parts of the country as well: in 2004, Mana Tess became the recipient of the 2004 President Ramon Magsaysay Outstanding Filipino Worker Award.




Zamboanga Peninsula

Pagadian Local Government Unit The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provides assistance not only to private citizens and cooperatives, but also to other government units as well. In 1991, the local government unit (LGU) of Pagadian City was the beneficiary of a bioreactor provided by the department to facilitate the city’s solid waste management. The project named, “Capacity Expansion of Bioreactor Solid Waste Processing”, went hand-in-hand with the city’s drive to be a more clean, green, and environmentally-conscious metropolis. The technology behind the bioreactor unit was developed by DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI). The unit was specifically designed to handle solid biodegradable wastes generated by urban households. The waste is processed into organic fertilizers using an environmentfriendly technology. The bioreactor can accelerate the process of decomposition of wastes, producing compost, an effective and natural soil conditioner. Aside from the provision of the bioreactor unit, DOST also offered technical assistance for the construction of the bioreactor facility. This ensured that unnecessary dumping and accumulation of solid wastes in public and private properties are minimized or downright prevented. Technical assistance includes training workers in processing waste into organic compost, as well as giving forums on technology utilization and application. The bioreactor project was of great help to the city’s greening projects. Among its milestones was the continuous production of compost for the city’s tree and vegetable gardening ventures. The project also helped in mitigating the problem of air pollution resulting from the improper disposal of highlyputrescible wastes.



Nutri-booster Philippines, Inc. Concordio Bolusan of Zamboang del Sur, is the owner of Nutri-Booster Phils. Inc, a producer of quality, low-cost infant food supplements. From a PHP 10,000 capital, Nutri-Booster gained popularity in Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) for its ability to combine nutrition and value in one package, providing Zamboangeùos an inexpensive alternative to mainstream, commercial food supplements. Subsequently, the demand for Nutri-Booster Phils. Inc.’s products came to the point that its locallyfabricated grinding machines and mechanical driers are not enough. Needing an upgrade to its production facilities, he sought assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). S&T intervention came in the form of process upgrading, productivity development, packaging design and quality improvement activities, and acquisition of essential processing and repacking equipment. Through these assistance, Nutri-Booster Phil. Inc. is able to satisfy demands not only in Region IX, but also in neighboring regions. The company has initiated plans to expand its business beyond infant food supplements.



Zamboanga CIty Calamansi Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative If you think that calamansi is just a “poor man’s lemon�, think again. Calamansi, though small, is a heavyweight fruit in its own right. Like other citrus fruits, calamansi is rich in vitamin C, and its acerbic flavor makes it a favorite ingredient in cooking and beverages. In addition, it is much more affordable than other citrus fruits, and easier to grow as well. These qualities make calamansi a good resource for budding entrepreneurs. Zamboanga City Calamansi Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative is involved in making ready-to-drink calamansi juice. The cooperative aims to promote calamansi juice as a natural, healthy substitute to soft drinks, in local and foreign markets. It is based in Santa Maria, Zamboanga City. Its proprietor, Ms. Fe A. Hau, established the firm in 1998. The Cooperative has been a recipient of assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which include the upgrading of the facilities used for processing calamansi juice and nectar. Other technology interventions acquired by the Cooperative are hands-on training on the appropriate processing technology, proper plant lay-out of the production area, basics on good manufacturing practices, product quality control assurance and laboratory analyses. In addition, the Packaging Research and Development Center (PRDC) of DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) introduced an appropriate packaging and labeling design for the product. Zambo Tropical calamansi juice drink is now readily available in major supermarkets, schools, hotels, restaurants and retail stores in Zamboanga City, Davao City and Metro Manila. The company is also able to produce an annual volume of 777,600 in 330ml-sized bottles and 95,040 bottles of 500ml-sized calamansi juice concentrate, as well as 192,000 200ml calamansi juice pouches. The company has also increased its workforce to 13 from the original 6 employed.



Northern Mindanao

Darling Food Products Like many successful companies, Darling Food Products (DFP) started out as a home-based business, distributing products to neighbors and friends. The Lazo family’s venture flourished, expanding enough so that the family is able to acquire several meat processing equipment to “beef up” production. Additionally, in its initiative to guarantee their customers excellent meat products, DFP sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). With the department’s intervention, DFP adopted the principles of good manufacturing practices (GMP), hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), and cleaner production technology (CPT), standards that ensure the quality of the products. Darling Food Products is also a beneficiary of technical assistance to increase productivity and make their products more competitive both in local and international markets. New packaging designs were also implemented on the meat products, with the help of the Packaging R&D Center - Industrial Technology Development Institute. Currently, DFP processes an average of 9.1 tons of pork, beef, and chicken products per month. The products are alternately processed, depending on the order of sale outlets and distributors. The processed meat products are distributed to sales outlets in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Butuan and Bukidnon, with recent additions in Davao and Tagum City. The Lazo family’s zeal and dedication are seen in DFP’s becoming one of the leading meat processing companies in Cagayan de Oro City.



Motherland Food Products Motherland Food Products (MFP) owned by Ms. Resurreccion de Pano, is a fruit processing company that engages in processing, storing and marketing tropical fruits and fruit products. Established in 1993, MFP is located in Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, and an active member of the Food Processors Association of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN). MFP primarily engages in producing various frozen fruit purees, ranging from mango, durian, jackfruit, papaya and ube, as well as fresh buko juice. MFP gets its supplies from a wide range of fruit farmers and fruit traders, coming from Misamis Oriental and Occidental, Davao, Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Cotabato, Sulu and Marawi. The company employs 20 regular employees as well as additional casual workers during peak seasons. The company staff regularly attend seminars conducted by the Department of Science and Technology which include workshops in good manufacturing practices (GMP), hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP), cleaner production technology, manufacturing productivity for export (MPEX) and environmental management system (EMS). The company is also a recipient of several assistance coming from the department, through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP). With DOST’s assistance, MFP is expected to annually produce at least 155 tons of fruit puree, 85,000 liters of young coconut juice and 30 tons of assorted fruit leather. As a GMP and HACCP compliant plant, MFP assures its customers of quality food products. These food products are sold to Nestle Philippines, CENMACO, Dalisay Sweets International, and various restaurants, hotels and food chains in Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring provinces.


Vjandep Pastel Bakeshop If there’s one delicacy to be regarded as the specialty of the picturesque province of Camiguin, it has to be pastel, soft buns filled with rich cream. No trip to Camiguin is complete without trying out this sweet pastry. Of the different varieties of pastel found in the province, however, few match the taste and quality of those made from Vjandep bakeshop. The bakeshop, owned and run by Eleanor Jose, is one of the pioneers in making pastel available to a wider market. Since their first box of pastel came out in 1990, Vjandep has continuously made its mark as a premier pastel manufacturer. But the growing demand for their delicacy also meant the bakery has to upgrade its equipment and manufacturing methods sooner or later. In 2001, the assistance came with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) training on varied and up-todate production methods and the facilitation of acquiring modern equipment.

These technological interventions provided by SET-UP increased Vjandep’s productivity by as much as 3000%, enabling the bakery to raise their daily production of 20 boxes to 200-700 boxes. In addition, a more appealing packaging system was developed through the Packaging Research and Development Center of the Industrial Technology Development Institute. This packaging is the one seen today in Vjandep products. Currently, Vjandep is producing up to 155,520 dozen buns a month, with plans to establish a food chain and extend its market internationally.



11 Davao Region

Dati Coco Crafts and Novelty Items Many say that the coconut is the quintessential “miracle crop”, since almost every part of it can be used for one’s benefit. Its fruit is a versatile food product, its leaves are used as material for handicraft making, and its trunk produces wood that is strong and reliable. For Mr. and Mrs. Orlino Ladao, however, the coconut is not only a source of food or lumber, but also a great resource for entrepreneurship. DATI Coco Crafts, owned and run by the Ladaos, is a business enterprise that produces hand-painted and kiln-dried coco wood products. Their products are mostly souvenir and novelty items, ranging from vases and jars to jewelry containers and table organizers. The quality of their products makes DATI Coco Crafts one of the most promising small and medium enterprises in Davao City. The company has always taken pride in the quality of their craft. DATI Coco Crafts has a 100% customer satisfaction rate, an achievement that earned them distinction as the Best SME in Davao City for 2003, awarded by the Davao City Small-Medium Development (SMED) Council. They were also featured in the cable news channel ANC as part of a series on outstanding SMEs. In addition, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recognizes the hard work and dedication put by the Ladaos in their craft, and has assisted them in honing and maintaining the quality of their products. DOST provided DATI Coco Crafts with S&T intervention required equipment such as cocowood kiln dryer and moisture meter. The assistance resulted to a decrease in the drying time of coco wood from 15-30 days to 3-4 days, thereby, increasing production volume and sales. A “miracle crop” as it is, the coconut has also given the Ladaos the chance to give back to the community. With a high sense of social responsibility Dati Coco Crafts has been actively involved in many community-related projects by providing work for out-of-school youth to help prevent and eradicate drug addiction.


TSR Furniture and Marketing TSR Furniture Shop and Marketing is operated by Mr. Rene T. Traje, based in Montevista, Compostela Valley. A CPA by profession, Mr. Traje has been in the furniture making business since 1991. Aside from being the proprietor, he also supervises the company’s marketing. TSR Furniture Shop is known for its high-end home furnishings, such as chairs, tables, sala sets, dining sets, cabinets and office furniture. It specializes in the making of quality furniture at affordable prices. The company also produces other types of woodcraft like cups, bowls, vases and pitchers. DOST assistance to TSR Furniture Shop goes back to 1994, when Mr. Traje sought assistance from the department to expand his business. Through DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), the firm was provided with high precision machineries such as hand jointer, plane molder, and tilting arbor table which increased production volume, employment generation and sales. Before the intervention monthly sales was pegged at Php 10,000 per month. A year after the assistance, it rose to a monthly sales of Php 127,000. DOST-SETUP also provided the firm with a 5,000 hd ft. capacity Kiln dryer which improved the quality of products. Today, TSR products are being sold in major malls and department stores in Mindanao. The company and DOST also maintains an active alliance, with TSR participating in DOST-sponsored exhibits and activities in the region.



Woodworks Kiln-Dried Products How should one respond when disaster strikes? This question may have crossed the mind of Mr. Ricardo Talaboc in 1991, when the carpentry and wood lathe shop his family owned was gutted down by fire. While others may have just given up on this tragedy, Mr. Talaboc instead chose to move on, and from the debris came another thriving business that continues until today. This new business is Woodworks Kiln Dried Products, a Davao del Sur-based company specializing on panel doors and other woodcrafts. From an electric motor and other scraps he was able to salvage from the ruins, Mr. Talaboc started a new venture. At first, Woodworks Kiln produced a wider variety of products, like sala sets, dining sets and mouldings, but Talaboc eventually limited his company’s production to panel doors because of the high local requirement. Due to the high demands of producing panel doors, the young company sought the help of agencies to maximize its production. One of those who responded is the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) whose assistance not only provided better facilities and equipment but also helped increase the efficiency of the company employees. Because of Mr. Talaboc’s resourcefulness and determination, Woodworks Kiln has grown into one of the most promising woodcraft enterprises in Davao. Currently, Woodworks Kiln produces up to 250 panel doors a month and employs an 18-man workforce. It has also reached a distribution deal with one of the country’s leading hardware chains.




Carpenter Hill Garden, Orchids, and Greens Dr. Cecilia G. Barroso, started her romance with orchids and greens with just five (5) vanda topcuts bought by her husband in one of his trips. Her interest quickly developed and she got hooked to collecting different varieties of orchids and soon enough she began cross pollinating her orchids with one another and come up with new exotic varieties of orchids which she gave or sold to her friends who visited her at their abode. Soon, more and more customers found their way to her garden who clamor to buy her cutflowers and topcuts. The increasing demand and change in circumstances encouraged Dr. Barroso to array her 1.5 hectares garden with dendrobiums, vandas, cattleyas, ornamentals and named her business JC Gardens, Orchids and Greens. There were problems along the way. She observed that 40% of the harvest was rejected due to bud drop, insect bites, pests and diseases, and damages due to poor management practices. Twenty five percent (25%) of the orchids died due to poor watering system. Believing that entrepreneurship is a matter of taking the opportunity and going for it, she sought the assistance of the DOST in the Region. The DOST through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) provided JC Gardens Innovation System Support Fund in the acquisition of additional state-of-the-art equipment and further improvement and upgrading of the facilities needed. Other assistance provided by DOST included technical assistance in the form of trainings and consultancy services such as provenance trials, varietal improvement and propagation of imported and improved orchid varieties. The DOST provided experts to assist JC Gardens in the establishment and installation of a cutflower packinghouse and temporary holding area equipped with cooling facilities. The structures and piping lines were first constructed as major components of the whole watering system. The sprinkler and misting system were then installed. Before the installation of the sprinkler system, JC Gardens could barely harvest large spikes of dendrobiums. Now it is notable that only large (L) and extra large (XL) spikes can be substantially produced. Before, using the conventional method of watering did not only cause stress and damage to the orchids but was also time consuming. It would then take eight (8) hours to completely water the whole garden. With the newly installed sprinkler and misting system, it only now takes 2.5 hours, which is equivalent to 68-75% time saved. As a result of DOST interventions, the garden’s average volume of production has increased by as much as 1,615% or 31,081 units of assorted topcuts, cutflowers, flower arrangements, green plants and others. The total sales has reached P3,355,160 which was about 13.56% increase from that of the previous years prior to DOST intervention. Presently JC Gardens employs 40 direct employees and 24 indirect employees. Except for a few local sales here and there, the garden’s products are available at markets in Manila, Cebu, Makati, Bohol, Basilan, Tarlac, Dumaguete, Bicol and Albay. Senservierias are now being planted in the garden for possible export to Korea.


Ramon B. Tan Mini-Sawmill and Lumberyard The furniture makers and other builders of Sultan Kudarat rely on air-dried lumber as their primary raw material. Unfortunately, poorly-dried wood often results to cracks and other defects, which makes their products lesser in value. The often-humid weather of Sultan Kudarat is of no help either; open-air drying is a tedious and difficult task in the province. For Ramon B. Tan, Chairman of the Sultan Kudarat Furniture Makers Cooperative and owner of the Ramon B. Mini Sawmill and Tan Lumberyard, what the furniture makers need is a lumber kiln dryer, a furnace-type facility that can dry lumber from 12-14 days, regardless of the season. It allows wood to dry faster, allowing quicker production time. Kiln-dried wood is of superior quality than air-dried ones. DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP), assisted Mr. Tan in the acquisition of the kiln dryer. Experts of the DOST Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) agreed to supervised the construction of the kiln dryer in Mr. Tan’s facility. Aside from the kiln, DOST also provided training on how to operate and manage the said facility. The project benefited not only Mr. Tan but the entire cooperative as well. Now they are able to purchase high-quality wood without worry, and with even greater value than before. The kiln dryer has the capacity of drying up to 10,000 bd. ft. of lumber. It also allows the full utilization of miscuts and undersized lumbers. For 2006, the kiln provided the proponent a gross income of PHP 3,498,000.00. 36 man-months were directly employed in the operations of the dryer only. Other activities at the lumberyard such as the wood molding, finger-jointer operations and helpers had employed 35, 199 and 722 man-months, respectively. Over-all, lumberyard operations this year increased an impressive 8,166%.



RC Agri-business Center The need for a suitable research center for banana plantlets in the province of North Cotabato led to the initiation of RC Agribusiness Center in 2002. Cardaba and lakatan growers in the province were clamoring for a centralized facility where tissue culture plantlets can be produced, and Rudy Caoagdan, a banana farmer himself, decided to establish such a facility. Out of his own capital, Caoagdan’s facility produced 5,000 initial banana tissue plantlets in 2003, primarily to serve small banana growers from Makilala, Magpet, and Kidapawan. As more farmers became aware of the local supply of banana plantlets, so did the demand increase for RC Agribusiness products. Unable to satisfy the said demands with his present equipment, Caoagdan sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the local government of Cotabato. With the assurance of DOST that the required technology is feasible, the then- Congressman Gregorio Ipong funded the project, as part of the district-wide program to support banana plantations. DOST coordinated with the local government and provided technical assistance and consultancy services, in addition to installing the necessary laboratory equipment. The project to upgrade RC Agribusiness became a multi-agency collaboration, with the DOST as the primary agency. Experts from other agencies were tapped to assist in the enhancement or upgrading of the existing practices at various levels of production, from setting up of nurseries, to planting, to pest and disease management and germplasm collection. The project benefited not only RC Agribusiness, but also the banana farmers of North Cotabato and its neighboring provinces. From 5,000 plantlets in October 2003, the production increased up to 40,000 plantlets a month. In 2005, the company produced 375,000 plantlets for farmers in the Province of Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao. In 2006, the center employed 144 regular workers and 80 on-call workers (laborers), nearly a ten-fold increase from the 22 workers who were employed prior to the DOST intervention. In addition, an income worth PHP 3.7M was generated by RC Agribusiness for the year it began its full operation. Despite the massive success of his venture, Caoagdan has never stopped looking for additional ways to help his fellow farmers. Caoagdan is currently planning large-scale R&D activities on the culture and propagation of banana plantlets in North Cotabato and nearby provinces such as Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat. RC Agribusiness is also aiming to expand its production to abaca tissue culture and production.




Sunrise Corn Coffee Ernesto Paglinawan and his wife own the famous Sunrise Roasted Corn Coffee (SRCC) in Agusan del Sur. SRCC is into the business of processing corn coffee into roasted corn coffee, an excellent and very cheap alternative to instant coffee. Because of its cheap price and exquisite taste, corn coffee gained popularity and captured a market in the province. To maximize the potential of their products Mr. & Mrs. Paglinawan sought assistance from the Department of Science and Technology Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST SETUP). Technology assistance was provided particularly to acquire a stainless steel grinder, a corn roaster, a stainless steel storage bin and top working table and a mechanical sieve. SRCC generated steady jobs for the corn farmers in the province. These farmers supply corn raw material for the coffee products. Currently, SRCC employs fourteen (14) workers, mostly women. Sunrise Roasted Corn Coffee products are available in Agusan del Sur, Butuan and Surigao City.



NORMISIST Northern Mindanao Institute of Science and Technology As the center of the country’s scientific and technological advancements, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is always reaching out on schools, cooperatives and institutions to develop and upgrade their research facilities. The tissue culture laboratory of Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST), for example, has been upgraded through technology assistance of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST SETUP). NORMISIST, located in Ampayon, Butuan City is a chartered state college in the Caraga region. Its facilities are vital in the research of students, scientists and academe in the region. In 2001, DOST provided the necessary equipment to help further their research. Among the tools supplied by DOST SETUP include various laboratory glasswares, reagent and culture bottles, UV lamps, triple beam balances, gas burners, osterizers and laminar flow hoods, as well as chemicals and reagents. The NORMISIST tissue culture laboratory primarily conducts research for disease-free plantlets, particularly banana and abaca. NORMISIST is now a major source of planting materials for abaca and banana in the region. With the provision of additional equipment, NORMISIST is able to accommodate higher demands for abaca and banana in Caraga and its neighboring regions. With the assistance provided by DOST, NORMISIST was able to produce 217,899 abaca plantlets, generating a total PHP 1,436,970.00 for the year of 2006. The institution also managed to employ 111 additional workers.



SMC Marine Resources SMC Marine Resources, trader of marine products such as fresh and processed meats of crabs, octopus, cuttlefish, lobsters, groupers, conchs and scallops, has established its presence in the marine industry in the country and is slowly capturing export market. The success of SMC Marine Resources is not without challenges. Its owner, Mr. Sammy Cambaya, is riddled with the problem of spoilage wherein twenty percent (20%) of their product volume goes to waste. Mr. Cambaya then sought the help of the Department of Science and Technology CARAGA Region (DOST CARAGA) for technologies that could help minimize the wastage. Mr. Cambaya received technology assistance and acquired three (3) units of chest-type freezers, a single (1) unit vacuum packer and a 500 kg-capacity blast freezer. With these facilities, SMC Marine Resources was able to reduce spoilage from twenty percent (20%) to only ten percent (10%). Its workforce grew from 250 workers to 875. These changes brought about another significant growth in Cambaya’s business: from PHP 2 Million gross income annually, SMC Marine Resources now has PHP 11 Milllion income per year.




DANILYN’S ENTERPRISES, INC. Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Jovita Romero B7 L19 Gladiola St. TS Cruz Subdivision, Almansa, Dos. Las Piñas, City (02) 850-4638 Wood-based furniture, soft furnishings such as throw pillows and duvet covers, window treatments such as curtains and roman shades, and interior design furniture

MAPAGMAHAL FOODS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Fernando Esguerra 306 Alabang-Zapote Road, Talon 2, Las Piñas City (02) 875-3377 Concentrate and ready-to-drink in the following variants: Lemonada/Lemonsito, Lemonada Sugar-free, Dalandan, Kalamantea

MARVENTURE CORPORATION Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Janice Buenaventura #42 Sansiangco Street, Tonsuya, Malabon City (02) 288-2994 / (02) 447-6865 Ready-to-drink iced tea and concentrate

THE MERRY COOKS, INC. Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Gianina Suarez 286 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City (02) 743-4568 / (02) 743-4569 Italian dips and spreads, Italian breads, pizza chips, focaccia, and lavosh

TOSCANO-SORIANO TRADING Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Elizabeth Toscano 5 Rosal Street, Merville Tanza, Navotas, Metro Manila (02) 281-5848 / (02) 283- 6167 Seakid Teriyaki crispy dilis and posit in the following variants: dilis regular, dilis spicy, pusit regular, and mixed dilis and pusit

BALBIN’S FURNITURE Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Romeo Balibin Bariquir, Zone 5, Bangued, Abra (074) 752-8574 Wood furniture which includes narra tiles Bamboo, rattan/reeds and “hapao” handicrafts including bamboo tiles


Mr. Victor Atiw Inso 202 Brookspoint, Aurora Hills, Baguio City 0919-804-9595 High-valued commercial crops such as cut flowers and organically grown vegetables

TAWIDCRAFT Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Wilhelmina Rimando #27 St. Theresa Street, Alley 4 Mirador Hills, Baguio City (074) 445-6833 / (074) 443-3300 Sterling silver jewelry and accessories

DAVID’S WELL CRAFT AND MORE Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Lowell A. Villa #29 Central East, Naguilian Road, Bauang, La Union (072) 705-1595 / 0920-306-1655 / 0920-478-4658 Handmade gifts, decors, and household displays

ILOCOS FOOD PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Clemencia A. Padre Brgy. Taleb, Bantay, Ilocos Sur 0915-390-3442 Chichacorn in different variants, squash noodles, basi wine, sweet potato chips, banana chips, dried mangoes, vinegar

SEVILLA WOODCRAFT Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Danilo C. Sevilla Bimmanga, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur 0919-575-1997 Kiln-dried household items made out of high grade wood

PALAISDAAN NATIN Owner: Dr. Ildefonso Costales Jr. Address: Brgy. Salvador, Santiago City, Isabela Contact # 0927-800-1904 / (078) 682-2029 / (078) 682-7374 Products: Tilapia fingerlings (tilanggit, blast frozen tilapia fillet – to start and available on the 4th quarter of CY 2008 & onwards)

J’s CRAFTS, GIFTS, TOYS, AND HOUSEWARES Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Joyce Leal Bannuar, Cabarroguis, Quirino/Bernabe Homes, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (078) 694-7030 / 0916-340-1111 fossilized flowers/grasses and novelty items

HERBAKH INDUSTRIES, INC. Owner: Engr. Alex Khong Hun Address: Baligatan, Ilagan, Isabela Contact # 0917-847-7545 Products: Herbal soaps (papaya and lemongrass variants); feminine wash with guava oil as active ingredients; lemongrass oil, massage oil (VCO with lemongrass oil)

AMANDA’S MARINE PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Armanda T. Battad Villa Carolina Subdivision, Puerto Rivas, Ibaba, Balanga City, Bataan (047) 237-1154 / (047) 237-7154 Tuyo (Dried Fish), Dried Alamang, Daing na Boneless Bangus and Kapak, Smoked Boneless Bangus, Tilapia, Tunsoy, Kapak and Kabase Bagoong Alamang (Shrimp Paste), Bagoong Isda (Fish Paste), Gourmet Tuyo, Bottled Bangus in Oil

MUÑOZ SCIENCE CITY FOOD PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Leticia P. Basubas 420 Purok 5, Jaime Patricio Compound, Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija (044) 456-4038 Rice coffee; rice cookies; herbal teas like pigmented rice with mushroom flavor, ginger, ampalaya, carrot, malunggay, lemongrass and instant rice; malungay drink

VENZON MANUFACTURING CORPORATION Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Rufino Adrian N. Venzon Lot 138 Brgy. Panipuan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, 2000 (045) 860-6833 / fax (045) 860-6842 high quality lighting fixtures and accessories, wrought iron products like chandeliers, wall brackets, candle holders

LETY’S SPECIAL BUKO PIE Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Isagani Belarmino Main Buiding, National Highway, Brgy. Anos, Los Baños, Laguna (049) 536-7059 / (049) 536-1332 Special buko pie; banana bread and cake; various fruit pies made of durian, lychee, pandan, pineapple, cassava, ube, and macapuno

MORADA’S HANDICRAFTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Engr. Ranel R. Morada Unit 303 Makati Cinema Square Tower, Pasong Tamo Street, 1231 Makati City / #1 Alibangbang St., Brgy. San Isidro, Lipa City (02) 811-1449 to 50 high quality export decors, tablewares, and gift items made out of indigenous materials such as coconut, alibangbang leaves, bamboo

NS ALBA HANDICRAFTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Neville Alba Brgy. Magdiwang, Noveleta, Cavite (046) 436-3981 / (046) 438-2476 Chairs, tables, cabinets, window shades, dividers

ROMTRON CME PLANT Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Multipurpose Cooperative Cocoville, Dapawan, Odiongan, Romblon (042) 567-5272 / 0920-590-5297 Biodesel, soap, glycerol, copra cake

REJANO’S BAKERY Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Carmelita Rejano Reyes Bonifacio Street, Brgy. Banahaw, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque (042) 321-1069 / 0921-458-3694 pastries, cookies, sweet delicacies

ULIP WELDING SHOP Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Jaime Ulip Brgy. Bucayao, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro 0918-517-5859 metal parts production and assembly, machine/metal fabrication operations

J. EMMANUEL’S PASTRIES Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Joseph Lomibao Jacana Street, RJ Village Subdivision, Haring Canaman, Camarines Sur (054) 474-5160 Pili nuts and other treats

JIMBO PRAWN FRY HATCHERY Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Jaime Borile San Roque, Mercedes, Camarines Norte 0918-962-9285 prawn fry

RCD WAX AND CANDLES Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Rafael Dagooc Cathedral Street, Ateneo Avenue, Naga City (054) 473-1842 Scented and unscented candles

RGIES DELICACIES Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Grace M. Javelosa Alusiman St., Phase 2 Gran Plains, Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo (033) 329-5606 Butterscotch and other sweets

TRAPPIST MONASTIC PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Bro. Raphael C. Cruz, O.C.S.O San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras 0918-914-6240 / 0919-655-4881 jams, dried fruits, baked products

TUMANDOK CRAFTS Owner: Ms. Josephine T. Locsin Address: 105 Street Green Plains Subdivision, BacolodCity, Negros Occidental Contact # (034) 732-4319 Products: high quality housewares, tablewares, decors and gift items with resin finish

ARDEN CLASSIC, INC. Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Arden A. Siarot Soong II, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (032) 495-8328 / (032) 493-8257 / (032) 238-5963 home decorations and accessories, furniture and furnishings

BOHOL BEE FARM Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Vicky Wallace Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol (038) 502-2288 Spreads (honey, choco, mango, pesto), pure honey, camote bread


Mr. Philip N. Tan Tanchan Industrial Complex, Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu (032) 344-0121 / (032) 346-9497 / (032) 346-1992 gears and repair and fabrication of engine parts


Mr. Jesus F. Doyon, Sr. Brgy. Bato, Biliran, Biliran 0918-925-4308 / (053) 255-2890 Citronella Oil


Engr. Albert Chua / Engr. Manuel A. Chua Brgy. Linao, Ormoc City, Leyte (053) 255-2654 wood-based products and furnitures

TAPS HANDMADE PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Teresita A. Policarpio Brgy. Guingauan, Tanauan, Leyte (053) 341-1936 / 0920-547-3617 assorted bags, key purse, wallet, mats, and other customized items, Tikog-based products

PAGADIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT Managers: Address: Contact # Products:

Mayor Samuel S. Co and Engr. Leo Salena Bagong Silang, Balangasan, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur (062) 214-1986 organic soil enhancer

NUTRI-BOOSTER PHILIPPINES, INC. Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Concordio Bolusan 949 Balangasan, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur (062) 214-2379 Nutri-Booster infant food supplement

ZAMBOANGA CITY CALAMANSI GROWERS MPC Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Fe Hau Ruste Drive, Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City (062) 991-7623 Ready-to-drink Calamansi juice and concentrate

DARLING FOOD PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Roberto V. Lazo Agape Drive, Tibasak, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City (088) 724-785 sausages, tocino, corned beef, ham and “chicharon”

VJANDEP PASTEL BAKESHOP Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Virgilio C. Jose Mambajao, Camiguin / Tiano-Mabini Streets, Cagayan de Oro City (088) 858-4027 specialty pastel products with yema, ube, durian filling; bread and biscuits, specialty cakes

MOTHERLAND FOOD PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Ms. Ressureccion U. De Pano Balongis, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City (088) 310-5117 / (088) 310-4969 fruit puree, fruit juices, tropical fruit preserves

DATI COCO CRAFTS AND NOVELTY ITEMS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Orlino H. Ladao #6 Subli Street, Lanzona Subdivision, Matina, Davao City (082) 297-0936 hand-painted and kiln-dried coco wood products

TSR FURNITURE SHOP AND MARKETING Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Rene T. Traje Poblacion Montevista, Compostela Valley Province 0917-718-7283 furniture, frames, jars and other wood items

WOODWORKS KILN-DRIED PRODUCTS Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Ricardo D. Talaboc Bajinting Drive, Estrada 5th St., Zone II, Digos City, Davao del Sur (082) 553-9160 / 0920-900-7916 furniture


Dr. Cecilia G. Barroso Brgy. Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City (083) 228-2392 Orchid cutflowers and topcuts

RAMON B. TAN MINI SAWMILL AND LUMBERYARD Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Ramon B. Tan National Highway, San Pablo, City of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat (064) 200-4157 / 0920-419-5060 Home furnishings, sala sets, dining sets, bedroom sets, cabinets, floor tiles

RC AGRIBUSINESS CENTER Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Rudy Caroagdan National Highway, San Pablo, City of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat 0927-591-7858 / (064) 268-2137 tissue culture seedlings

SUNRISE CORN COFFEE Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Ernesto Paglinawan Purok 7, Maygatasan, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur (085) 231-2213 / 0926-640-7506 Roasted corn coffee


Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca Ampayon, Butuan City (085) 342-3047 High-grade abaca and planting materials, banana

SMC MARINE RESOURCES Owner: Address: Contact # Products:

Mr. Sammy M. Cambaya 888 Diez St., Surigao City 2nd DIstrict (086) 231-8038 fresh and processed crab and seafood meat


Dr. Teresita Fortuna Regional Director


Dr. Ben Ladilad Regional Director


Dir. Elsa Chan Regional Director

DMMMSU-MLU Campus San Fernando City, La Union (072) 888-3399


Dr. Urdujah Tejada Regional Director


Dr. Conrado Oliveros Regional Director

NCR Building, DOST Compound General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City (02) 837-3162

Km. 6, La Trinidad, Benguet (074) 422-2214

Nursery Compound, Tuguegarao, Cagayan (078) 844-8654

DOST Building, Government Center Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga (045) 961-4460


Dr. Alexander Madrigal Regional Director


Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay Regional Director

2/F Imelda Building, DOST Compound General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City (02) 837-2071 local 2093


Dir. Tomas Bri単as Officer-in-charge

Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legaspi City (052) 820-5039


Engr. Rowen Gelonga Regional Director

Magsaysay Village, La Paz, Iloilo City (033) 320-0908


Engr. Rene Burt Llanto Regional Director


Engr. Edgardo Esperancilla Regional Director

Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte (053) 323-7110

Brgy. Timugan, Los Ba単os, Laguna (049) 536-4997

Governor Manuel Cuenco Avenue, Banilad, Cebu City (032) 232-8632


Dir. Brenda Nazareth-Manzano Regional Director


Dr. Angelito Alolod Regional Director


Dir. Eduardo Tesorero Officer-in-charge


Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan Regional Director


Dir. Lyndo Villacorta Regional Director


Datu Pendatun E. Nur Regional Secretary

Petit Barracks, Zamboanga City (062) 992-1114

JV Serita Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City (088) 858-3931

Davao Medical Center Compound Cor. Friendship and Dumanlas Roads Bajada, Davao City (082) 221-5295

LTP Complex, Cotabato City (064) 421-1586

Normisist Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City (085) 342-5684

Regional Government Center Cotabato City (064) 421-1675

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