Home fur­nish­ing, fash­ion ac­ces­sory SMEs to get tech sup­port

Business World - - THE NATION -

THE EURO­PEAN Cham­ber of Com­merce of the Philip­pines (ECCP) and the De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DoST) have launched a tech­nol­ogy-driven de­sign pro­ject that is seen to ben­e­fit Cebu’s fur­nish­ing and fash­ion ac­ces­sory sec­tors, es­pe­cially the small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs). Tris­tan L. Abando, pro­vin­cial direc­tor of DoST-Cebu, said the De­sign-Tech­nol­ogy Fu­sion through Ma­te­ri­als In­no­va­tion Ex­panded (De-Tech Fu­sion Ex) pro­ject will pro­vide sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy sup­port to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Ma­te­ri­als In­no­va­tion Cen­ter (MATIC), which serves as hub for de­sign sec­tor stake­hold­ers. Among those who stand to gain from the pro­ject are the close to 300 mem­ber com­pa­nies of the Cebu Fur­ni­ture In­dus­tries Foun­da­tion (CFIF), Cebu GTH (Gifts, Toys and House­ware), and FAME (Fash­ion Ac­ces­sories Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion) Foun­da­tion. He pointed out that these com­pa­nies em­ploy around 160,000, in­clud­ing work­ers of sub­con­trac­tors spread through­out Cebu and neigh­bor­ing is­lands. De-Tech Fu­sion Ex is also ex­pected to ben­e­fit uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, com­mu­ni­ties and ma­te­rial sup­pli­ers. The pro­gram also cov­ers open­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships within the South­east Asian Cre­ative Cities Net­work. —

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