The Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST IX) has recently released the innovation system support assistance amounting to Six Hundred Four Thousand and Five Hundred Pesos (Php 604,500.00) project in Isabela City. The project entitled “Upgrading of Bakery Equipment and Facilities” shall benefit the Isabela Seaport Bakery and Restaurants through the DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
Established in 2008, Isabela Seaport General Merchant has gradually taken its foothold as the native Tausug’s favorite bread and food service in town. The bakeshop offers sumptuous bread products and tasty local delicacies like junay (spicy peppered rice), waked (sticky rice), pasung and tabid-tabid (a.k.a. chikalang).
DOST-IX’s interventions include (1) system improvement; (2) product improvement; (3) manpower development through trainings on food safety and good manufacturing practices; and (4) process improvement. The project assistance covers the acquisition of bakeshop equipment such as dough roller, oven with 24 plates, bread slicer, spiral mixer, cake mixer, stainless steel stove, steel racks (36 plates cap), stainless steel working table and planza.
Through the project, the firm is expected to increase its volume of production by 30%; create local jobs; increase income by at least 30%; develop at least two (2) new product lines; meet customers’ demand of the products in the market; and acquire equipment and facilities needed to improve quality of bread and pastries.
SETUP 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.
For more information, interested parties may visit or call DOST-Regional Office IX, Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City with telephone numbers (062) 991-1024; the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) in Upper Turno, Dipolog City, telephone numbers (065) 212-2244; Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) in Rizal Avenue, Pagadian City with telephone number (062) 925-1152; and the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) at 2/F Faundo Bldg., National Highway, Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay with telephone numbers (062) 333-2793 . (DOST-IX Press Release)