DOST SETUP assists 8 entrepreneurs in Mt. Province

BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 24(PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is assisting this year eight micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province under its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).


DOST Provincial Office’s data shows that the agency allotted these MSMEs a total loan of P6, 732,000.00 as technological assistance. This   is provided in terms of technology acquisition or production machineries depending on the needs of the applicants per assessment of the DOST.

The acquired equipment are under the supervision of the DOST until such time that the loan would have been paid then it will be turned over to the owner of the business firm.

Last year, DOST released the total amount of P20, 976,951.00 as technological assistance to 21 MSMEs in the province.

The SETUP is a nationwide strategy encouraging MSMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve their existing products, services, and operations; increase productivity and competitiveness; and more importantly to enable MSMEs to develop new products and establish or sustain market niches.

The program focuses assistance to priority sectors such as food processing; furniture; gifts, handicrafts, decors; marine/aquaculture/agriculture; metals and engineering; health and wellness products, pharmaceuticals; and information and communication technology.

The SETUP provides a no-interest, no collateral loan to individuals or groups who have maintained their business for at least three consecutive years to assure the capability of the entrepreneur to sustain their business and pay back the loan which is payable within a maximum of three years.Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.