DOST’s SETUP hoists agri and ma­chin­ery firms in Cordilleras

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THE DEPART­MENT of Science and Tech­nol­ogy’s (DOST) pur­suit of “Agham na Ram­dam” for ev­ery ‘Juan’ has reached the far-flung ar­eas of Cordillera with the re­cent edi­tion of the Science Na­tion Tour in the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (CAR). The Science Na­tion Tour is a na­tion­wide road­show that aims to high­light the ben­e­fits of DOST pro­grams and tech­nolo­gies in ev­ery re­gion of the archipelago.

To show­case how science and tech­nol­ogy di­rectly im­pacts peo­ple’s liveli­hoods and day-to-day liv­ing, part of its ac­tiv­i­ties is a se­ries of project vis­its to mi­cro firms within the re­gion which ben­e­fited from DOST’s SETUP, or Small En­ter­prise Tech­nol­ogy Up­grad­ing Pro­gram, which pro­vides as­sis­tance to mi­cro, small, and medium en­ter­prises.

In CAR, project vis­its were made to Green Salad Farms and the St. Bede Mush­room and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, both in Bauko, Moun­tain Prov­ince; and to Au­rochs Aero­space Pre­ci­sion Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (AAPMC) in Loakan, Baguio City.

Th­ese three firms achieved an in­crease in pro­duc­tion and gross sales af­ter the tech­no­log­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions given to them through SETUP.

DOST as­sisted them in two phases: first, by up­grad­ing the green­house for high value crop pro­duc­tion in Oc­to­ber 2010 and sec­ond, by up­grad­ing Green Salad Farms in Oc­to­ber 2014.

As­sis­tance came in the form of the ac­qui­si­tion of a 1,500 square me­ter (sq. m.) green­house fa­cil­ity with one set drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, col­loid mill, dou­ble-jack­eted ket­tle, pul­ver­izer, elec­tric dryer, steamer, and foot sealer for car­rot pro­cess­ing; train­ing on car­rot-pineap­ple-mango juice pro­cess­ing and la­bel de­sign; lab­o­ra­tory test­ing of prod­ucts; and in­for­ma­tion ma­te­rial sup­port.

Green Salad Farms, which was an open field prior to the in­ter­ven­tion, grad­u­ally in­creased its gross sales right from the first year. Pre­vi­ously, the firm posted R4.8 mil­lion (M) in gross sales. Af­ter the in­ter­ven­tion, gross sales in­creased to R7.2 M for the first year, R7.7 M for the sec­ond year, and R8.6 M for the third year. They were also able to in­crease their pro­duc­tion of Ro­maine let­tuce from 96,000 kilo­grams (kg) to 144,000 kg.

Jonie B. Calawa and Jen­nifer A. Calawa, man­agers of Green Salad Farms, shared their thoughts: “I started with 200 sq. m., and then it ex­panded,” said Jonie Calawa. Jen­nifer Calawa also men­tioned that the green­house helped a lot in pre­vent­ing rain and mud from get­ting into their plants, and frost from dam­ag­ing the crops.

Mean­while, the St. Bede Mush­room and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion availed

them­selves of SETUP’s ser­vices to up­grade their com­mu­nity-based oys­ter mush­room pro­duc­tion. An au­to­clave and inoc­u­lat­ing cham­ber were ac­quired while in­for­ma­tion ma­te­rial sup­port was pro­vided.

Ly­dia Or­pilla, sec­re­tary of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said that prior to the in­ter­ven­tion, they cooked us­ing a makeshift stove made from a drum us­ing fire­wood as fuel. Or­pilla added that with their con­ven­tional method of ster­il­iza­tion, it took 5-6 hours to yield 80 bags. With the au­to­clave how­ever, ster­il­iza­tion time was re­duced to 3-4 hours and yield in­creased to 130 bags and more. Ad­di­tion­ally, the inoc­u­lat­ing cham­ber helped pre­vent con­tam­i­nants from en­ter­ing their spawn and fruit­ing bags.

On the other hand, the DOST’s as­sis­tance to AAPMC came through ca­pac­ity and equip­ment up­grad­ing via SETUP as well as its CREAMM Project (Clus­ter­ing of Re­gional En­ter­prises for Agro-In­dus­trial Ma­chin­ery and Parts Man­u­fac­tur­ing) and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Pro­duc­tiv­ity Ex­ten­sion or MPEX Con­sul­tancy.

AAMPC pro­vides prod­ucts and ser­vices to the in­dus­trial, au­to­mo­tive, aero­space and de­fense mar­kets. The com­pany was able to im­prove its process and pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency by in­te­grat­ing de-bur­ring oper­a­tions which in­volve the re­moval of un­wanted ma­te­ri­als from ma­chine parts; im­prov­ing the clean­ing sys­tem for de-burred metal parts; train­ing 63 in­di­vid­u­als in de­bur­ring; and hir­ing nine reg­u­lar employees and 33 part-time employees.

Truly, with the Science Na­tion Tour, “Agham na Ram­dam” is more than just a tagline; rather, it is a re­al­ity, spread­ing through­out the re­gions of the Philip­pines to make the av­er­age Juan feel the many ben­e­fits of science and tech­nol­ogy in their daily lives.

Dur­ing the Science Na­tion tour at the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, Jen­nifer A. Calawa, man­ager of SETUP ben­e­fi­ciary Green Salad Farms, shows the var­i­ous crops in their green­house at Guis­guisan, Mount Data, Bauko, Moun­tain Prov­ince.

Abi­gail Ballo, a mem­ber of the St. Bede Mush­room and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, shows their oys­ter mush­room fa­cil­ity at Mon­a­mon Sur, Bauko, Moun­tain Prov­ince.

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