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The Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST IX) released full assistance amounting seven hundred thousand pesos (P700,000) for the newly approved project that will benefit the Sulo Agragrian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (SARBEMCO) in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Upgrading of Abaca Processing Facility of SARBEMCO,” the project funded by the Small Enterprise Technology and Upgrading Program (SETUP), targets to acquire five

(5) units of Abaca spindle stripping machines to service the abaca plantation of the cooperative; to increase the fiber production efficiency of the farmers-strippers, from 15 kilograms to 50 kilograms per day; to showcase the production of quality abaca fibers; and to increase the farm productivity of the cooperative.

Specializing in handicrafts and horticulture, the cooperative initiated intercrop production of rubber latex and abaca fibers, with only 75 hectares out of the 500 hectares targeted parcel were fully planted with abaca. With their pursuit of the expansion of the Abaca plantation, SETUP procured five (5) units of stripping machine to support the fiber production from abaca.

As part of the technological interventions, the DOST-IX will conduct procedures to improve the cooperative’s system and production process, and develop the manpower through skills training.

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; or you may visit the DOST-IX website at (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