Jul 20, 2014
Northern Mindanao’s best SET UP Adoptor is among the Philippines five best to be recognized at the 2014 National Science and Technology Week awarding rites set for Friday, 25 July 2014 at the SMX, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
The Department of Science and Technology Region X Office (DOST-X) headed by Reg. Dir. Alfonso P. Alamban cited Green Pastures Corporation as the best performing adoptor of its Best Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET UP) at the kick-off program of 2014 National Science and Technology Week held recently at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.
“We chose the best SET UP Adoptor for Region 10 based on their innovation (25%), Socio-Economic Impact (25%), Track Record (17%), History of Refund rate (17%) and Uniqueness (17%),” Mr. Alamban said. “I am happy to inform our winner that they are among the top five in the entire Philippines in the latest evaluation of all SET UP proponents in the country and we are hoping they are chosen the most outstanding SET UP Adoptor in the nation.”
GPC was recognized for its successful utilization of DOST’s technology interventions and technical assistance resulting in the company’s outstanding improvement in productivity, product quality and impressive market performance. Alamban said GPC will compete with other nominees from other regions in the awarding rites set on July 25.
“This is a blessing from God and we hope we can pass on to more people what God has so gracefully granted us,” said Reynaldo B. Paraguya, president and CEO of GPC. “We availed of the SET UP assistance from DOST because our manual operations could no longer cope with the demand for our products. After a very trying period of adjustment, we are happy we are now reaping the benefits of the new technology.”
Besides being recognized as the best SET UP Adopter in Region X, GPC was also recognized by DOST-X as the Best SET UP Adopter in the province of Misamis Oriental.
Also recognized as Best SET UP Adoptors in their respective provinces were Cakeboom Cakes & Party Flavors represented by Richard Lim (Bukidnon) and Lola Luz Best Goodies represented by Fe Luzse Abata, Rosemary Veligaño and Kevin Veligaño. (Misamis Occidental).
Alamban said SET UP is DOST’s nationwide strategy to encourage and assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and boost their productivity and competitiveness.
“Some 3,267 new jobs were created in 2013 as a result of the interventions,” he noted. “A total of 273 technological interventions were provided to 97 existing firms and 15 start-up firms in the region resulting in accumulated gross sales of PhP 222.7 million. Fifty eight enterprises and institutions in the identified priority sectors benefitted from the program and other Grants-in-Aid programs last year.”
The occasion also marked the launching of DOST-X’s High Impact Technology Projects: Food Innovation Center, Packaging and Labeling Center and Complementary Foods. To complement these new facilities, DOST-X has three ISO/IEC 17024:2005 internationally accredited laboratories: Chemical Testing Laboratory, Microbiological Testing Laboratory and Accelerated Shelf-Life Evaluation Laboratory.