December 5, 2022

The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera conducted a forum with stakeholders in Kalinga and Mountain Province in efforts to boost the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises in local and international markets through proper packaging and label designs.
The event is a prelude to the establishment of a regional packaging innovation center in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Beneficiaries composed of firms and organizations enrolled under the DOST-Cordillera’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program and Local Grants-in-Aid program were also awarded short-run printing designs.
Beneficiaries from Bontoc, Mountain Province were Munfiaron Kaleo Organization, Tingey Farmers Org., Nesmar Enterprise, local government unit of Bauko, Betwagan Pewong Irrigators Association Inc., and Besao Organic Planters Association and Kalipi-Malagnat, Kalinga State University (KSU), Bulanao Multipurpose Cooperative and Kalasag FIA in Kalinga.
Another assistance to MSMEs by the DOST is the setup of a mechatronics laboratory in Kalinga.
Last Aug. 18, the DOST-Cordillera had a ceremonial signing of memorandum of agreement with DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center, and the KSU for the Advanced Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Laboratory (Amerial) in Tabuk City.
The tripartite agreement aims to provide opportunities for MSMEs to explore technological advancements in enhancing their products, service and operations.
The Amerial is envisioned to provide technological upgrades such as automation of irrigation system for farms and even micro hydro power plants in Kalinga.
Currently, 31 beneficiaries are enrolled in the first batch of the program, 29 of which are engaged in water technologies, while two are in the furniture and coffee processing sector. – Press release