SAN JUAN, ILOCOS SUR- As part of the intervention under the DOST Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program, a demo-operation and training on the use of de-oiling machine was conducted to Malakas Farm Livelihood Development Enterprises (MFLDE) at Sitio Malakas, Brgy. Muraya in this municipality last August 24, 2020.

Five (5) production workers including Mr. Robert G. Viloria, owner of the firm attended the training familiarizing themselves in the operation of the procured machine under the DOST-SETUP.

The machine is part of the Php220,000.00 assistance awarded last June 4, 2021 procured with Stainless-Steel Deep Sink, Preparation Table with Undershelf, Breading Table with Undershelf, Packaging Table with Undershelf, Stainless and Steel Deep Fryer.

Mr. Arthur Aubrey R. Alviar, Science Research Specialist II from PSTC-IS served as the resource person during the activity.

Mr. Viloria, together with his wife, Mrs. Jessie C. Viloria, owner of MFLDE expressed their gratitude to the agency for assisting and providing their technological needs that will improve their mushroom chicharon products.

Through these interventions, the firm is expected to increase productivity as well as practice good manufacturing practices in the preparation of their products.

DOST-SETUP intends to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to address their technical problems and improve their productivity and efficiency.

Interested MSMEs who wish to avail of the program may visit DOST PSTC-IS at Brgy. Tamag, Vigan City, inquire at official contact numbers 0917-840-8203/0998-962-0230 or visit the facebook page at

(By Laurine R. Sales, Project Assistant II, DOST PSTC-IS)