Profound interest in welding and fabrication works during his college days and the experience gained in the renovation of his mother’s residence, pushed Mr. Rolando O. Tacliad to start business in 2008, named as “Dod’s Metal Works and Fabrication”. The shop, with an area of 340 sq.m., is located at Barangay Obay, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte. The initial equipment used in the operation was provided by Mr. Tacliad’s sister who is based in Germany. Currently, the firm provides services on metal and iron works to include fabrication of farm machineries, food processing equipment, among others.
With the increasing orders for iron and metals works and being a member of the Zamboanga del Norte Researchers and Inventors Association, Inc., Mr. Tacliad encouraged to expand his business through the Department of Science and Technology – Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP). During the conduct of the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) of the firm, it was determined that the shop’s main technology gap is the absence of lathe machine.
Through the project, “Upgrading of Dod’s Metal Works and Fabrication” with financial assistance of Four Hundred Fifty One Thousand and Two Hundred Pesos (P451,200.00), the firm acquired one (1) unit lathe machine, 4 feet capacity; (1) unit Plate Bender; and (1) unit Pipe Bender. These interventions will translate to 1) increased productivity and improved quality of fabricated equipment and machineries; 2) generation of additional employment in the locality; and 3) improvement in the lives of farmers and other players involved in the value chain.
SETUP, a flagship program of DOST, is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in implementing technological innovations and improvements in their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)