DOST La Union has conducted Cleaner Production (CP) Assessment of three Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the province last May 31-June 3, 2016.
This year’s beneficiaries of the CP consultancy service are 818 Agriventures in Paagan, Bacnotan, Lawin 2010 Autoglass and Aluminum Supply and Iron Works in Sevilla, City of San Fernando, and Nutri Egg Incorporated in Bato, Naguilian.
CP Assessment is a tool developed by DOST to evaluate the root cause of loses incurred by MSMEs with the purpose of reducing waste generation in terms of raw materials, equipment capacity, time, and space. It encourages the use of cleaner technology to protect the environment with an added benefit of improving the firm’s efficiency and productivity.
The CP consultancy service was conducted by a multi-agency team led by DOST which visited the firms, identified the company’s issues and concerns regarding waste management and produced a detailed assessment report containing recommendations for low cost/low risk and feasible CP options.
This year’s team was led by Dr. Paulina P. Nebrida, DOST Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations and was joined by Engr. Remedios Jimenez of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Dr. Leonora Ngilangil and Ms. Desiree Vilar of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU)-Institute of Environmental Studies, and Engr. Anielyn Pai and Engr. Sulamita Flores-Catalan of DOST La Union Provincial Science and Technology Center.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 1 will bring this year into stage young outstanding students through Quiz Bee contest as part of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration on July 25-29, 2016.
Dubbed as “Pisay Pinnasiriban 2016”, Mr. Ronnie R. Calanno, Curriculum and Instruction Division Chief of the Philippine Science High School, said the activity is open to grade 6 pupils and high school students regionwide. On July 16, 2016, a simultaneous provincial elimination at Robinsons, Ilocos Norte, JTC Mall Bantay, Ilocos Sur, CSI The City Mall San Fernando, La Union and Robinsons Calasiao, Pangasinan will be undertaken. “The coverage of the test items will be based on the subjects Verbal Aptitude, Scientific Ability, Quantitative Ability and Abstract Reasoning,” Mr. Calanno said.
The top 3 scorers from both elementary and high school levels in the provincial eliminations will be the official contestants for the finals which will be held on July 27, 2016 at Manna Mall Events Center in San Fernando City, La Union. Mr. Calanno also added that the team with the highest score will be declared as the First Place winner; the second highest, Second Place and the third highest, the Third Place. The winners will be awarded with cash, medals and certificates.
The celebration of the NSTW is an annual showcase of locally developed technologies presented through exhibits, bazaar, Science and Technology fora, and many more. The NSTW is open to the public from July 25-29, 2016 at the CSI The City Mall, San Fernando, La Union.
CONNECTING EVERY LITTLE THING
Technology is an important component in the development of the metalworking industry.
Mr. Michael “Mike” Ruiz, a resident of Barangay Madayegdeg in San Fernando City, La Union worked in a stainless fabrication shop in Manila. With a keen eye for details and wider perspective, Mr. Ruiz established his own shop in San Fernando City, “Mike’s Stainless Steel Fabrication.”
Established in 2006, the firm started fabricating stainless steel products like railings, kitchen sinks, oven, cabinet, food grade tables and signboards for buildings and food production businesses. The shop also supplies galvanized and stainless steel water tanks to various hardware stores in the Ilocos region.
Mike shared this passion for the business with his wife, Jinilyn Ruiz, who handles the administrative tasks of the company. Throughout the operations, the firm has established the mark of quality service and products to their valued customers. Despite the shop’s biggest competitor, Mr. Ruiz still envisions to be globally competitive by leveling up his production capability and acquiring modern equipment to improve production.
The DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) - opened the door to further improve product output and sustain market demand. Mike’s Stainless Steel Fabrication received a package of technology interventions in 2013 that included trainings on Tungsten Inert Gas welding, Occupational Health and Safety, Productivity and Quality and Metals Identification and Selection. Similarly, the firm has also undergone Energy Audit.
In 2015, Mike sought again the assistance of DOST through the La Union Science and Technology Center for upgrading the stainless steel and galvanized steel water tank fabrication process. More precise production equipment like mandrel tube bender, box and pan bender, roller bending machine, power press, spot welding machine, drill press, die molds, power craft air plasma and MIG welding machine were acquired.
These innovative technologies enabled the firm to fabricate other products such as metal furring, carrying channel, wall angle and water tanks offered to additional clients from La Union, Manila, Tuguegarao City, Baguio City and Pangasinan.
Mike’s Stainless is also currently into fabrication of facilities needed by the food processing industries. This led the firm to support the food processing businesses assisted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Food Innovation Center in Pangasinan, public markets, malls, schools and residences.
In terms of marketing innovation, the firm has maintained its social media, https://www.facebook.com/MikesStainlessSteelFabrication/ and currently expanding its page being one of the vendors of oneSTore.ph.
Mike attributes his success to hard work, perseverance and to partners that believe in his vision to create products and services that are of the highest standards. He said, “I am grateful to DOST for giving me the interventions which served as an important breakthrough in my career in the metalworking industry.”
Ayen’s Food Products (AFP) in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur can look forward to enhanced support provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 1 through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) to strengthen the business transformation and achieve quality growth.
On June 10, 2016, DOST 1 Regional Director Armando Q. Ganal awarded the P1,500,000.00 worth of assistance to AFP for the acquisition of a 4-ton capacity walk-in freezer and execution of packaging materials for longanisa, at the Provincial Science and Technology Center of same province.
The AFP was established in 2003 and engaged in the production of longanisa, embutido and shanghai rolls.
Recognizing the importance of the DOST program, Ms. Cristeta Cheng, owner of the firm is eyeing to increase the number of clients or markets by 20 % and productivity of the firm by at least 15% within a year.
In an interview, Ms. Cheng thanked the DOST 1 noting, that through the given assistance they can already increase the volume of production of their processed meat products and cater to additional clients especially in the supermarkets within locality and outside the province.
“I encourage all the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to invest in skills upgrading, new technologies and innovative processes, and to tap on the various schemes available by DOST to step up productivity improvements,” she further said.