In line with its efforts to increase productivity and competitiveness of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX), through its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) has recently released the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000.00) to implement the project entitled “Upgrading the Quality of Jade’s Cakes, Pastries, and Native Delicacies” situated in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The project was an offshoot of the SETUP Orientation conducted by DOST-IX held last May 15, 2012 in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
Jade’s Cakes, Patries and Catering Services started operation in 2006 as a lechon manok stall. While producing lechon manok stall, the owner also baked cakes and pastries for some friends and neighbors. In 2007, with the assistance of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the firm was able to register their firm. Its production, particularly on cakes and pastries, was also gradually increased. With maintained quality of the products and with referrals and good feedbacks from its previous customer, the business ultimately expanded as demand also tremendously increased. Starting 2008, Jade’s has been known as a producer of quality cakes and pastries among local consumers in Bongao and the neighboring towns in Tawi-Tawi. With the growing market demand, the firm needs to upgrade its facility. Thus, the DOST-IX’s Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) favorably recommended the approval of SETUP assistance.
According to Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking, DOST IX – Assistant Regional Director for Field Operation Services (FOS), the firm is now acquiring (2) units of stainless steel working table; 1 unit glass door chiller; 1 unit bowl mixer; 1 unit refrigerated cake showcase and some packaging and labeling materials. As part of the package assistance, DOST-IX through its local food experts, Ms. Sonora L. Buñag and Ms. Jovita Amparo, also conducted food safety trainings such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP) to the firm.
The bakeshop is expected to have increased volume of production by 20 %; created at least four (4) more jobs for the locals; improved product packaging with personalized label design; and increased income by at least 20 %.
SETUP is a flagship program of DOST to encourage and assist MSMEs in implementing technological innovations and improvements in their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)