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The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX has recently approved the project to upgrade the existing ironworks and body building services of Erjem Ironworks and Car Doctor. The assistance amounting to P 460,000.00 was funded through the Department of Science and Technology – Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP). Erjem Ironworks and Car Doctor is located at Brgy. Pagasa, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Erjem’s has three (3) shops catering quality metal fabrication works and automotive services to customers in Bongao and other municipalities in Tawi-Tawi. With their 2 shops located along the National roads and one at the pier, the firm is strategically accessible to customers especially those from the islands. The firm’s products among others are window grills, other steel casements, steel gates, body of auto vehicles and other fabricated equipment.

With the continuous demand for metal products, the firm realized the need to upgrade its existing facility to maximize its potential and expand its metal work services. Thus, Erjem sought the aid of DOST-IX in this endeavor. This attempt is also an offshoot of the SETUP orientation conducted by DOST-IX in Tawi-Tawi last May 2012.

DOST-IX’s interventions shall include system improvement through the acquisition of additional equipment such as the bending machine, lathe machine and honing tools. In addition, the agency will also provide technical assistance on the proper plant layouting and skills enhancement on the operation of the above-mentioned equipments and training on other metal work technology.

Through these improvements, Erjem’s is expected to improve and increase its services on iron works and other body building services and enhance its shop’s capacity, work performance, and income by 20%.

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)

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Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. IX
Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City
Tel.: (062) 991-1024
Telefax: (062) 992-1114