DOST assists more MSMEs in Mt. Province

BONTOC, Mountain  Province, April 24 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continues encouraging and assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations, products, services, and increase their productivity and competitiveness.

 

For the first quarter of 2018, DOST has granted a total loan of Php1, 172,400 for three projects in the province under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Last year, the Mountain Province Science and Technology Center (MPSTC) approved ten projects with a total loan of Php8, 947,500 which was used by the MSMEs for technology acquisition and procurement of production machineries.

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 entrepreneurs to sustain their business and pay back the loan which is payable within a maximum of three years.

The program focuses on food processing; gifts, house wares, decors; furniture; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture and agriculture; metals and engineering; health products and pharmaceuticals; and information and communication technology/electronics.

Aside from the 10 projects assisted in 2017, the MPSTC also continues monitoring, providing technical assistance and market promotion to 53 SETUP-assisted projects.

They benefited from the interventions such as equipment/facility upgrading/acquisition, technology trainings, technical assistance in the production lay-out, consultancy services specially manufacturing productivity extension program, product promotion during fairs in the province and in the region, assistance towards Food and Drug Administration-License to Operate licensing, conceptualization of appropriate label design, proposal preparation and technology needs assessment.

DOST reported about 270 individuals who have benefited from the interventions were able to increase their sales. Juliet B. Saley(EDT/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.