Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:00 AM    Views : 101by:Katrina F. Ronquillo



DOST's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) assisted Mike's Stainless Steel Fabrication from the City of San Fernando, La has been conferred as the 2018 Regional Winner for Best SETUP Adoptor. Ms. Jenilyn Ruiz, the proprietress of the said firm, proudly received the award during the Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Regional Science and Technology Week Celebration held in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

The enterprise specializes in the fabrication of stainless steel railings, kitchen sinks, bakery oven, grease trap, cart, medicine box, cabinet, burger griller, food tables, signboards for buildings and other fabrication products. Mike's Stainless Steel Fabrication has been a beneficiary of SETUP since 2012. They sought the assistance of DOST for them to acquire the needed technologies amounting to ?300,000.00 for the production of quality stainless steel works.  In 2015, the firm started to venture into water tank fabrication and thus sought the help of SETUP for the funding of the necessary production equipment worth P1,821,150.00 for their new product line. With the firm's determination to produce water tanks with superb quality, Mike's Stainless Steel Fabrication availed again the assistance this year and was granted an amount worth P1,998,830.00 for the improvement of their water tank fabrication.

The other contenders for this year's search for the Best SETUP Adoptor in the region were JBT Prints and Graphics Designs Services, Mira Hills Farm, RP Ricemill and MARSSE Tropical Timber Plantations, Inc. from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan respectively. These firms were nominated through a thorough evaluation of their business performance and their efficiency in the realization of their project objectives.

The nominees were gauged in terms of the following criteria: a) Technology, Process and Innovation Assimilation  which determines the degree and extent of technology adaptation in the products and process chain and business processes of the enterprise and the extent of adaptation of technology intervention in the whole supply chain comprising materials, people, equipment and  measurement information of the firm as a whole; b) Product and Process Outcomes that describes the notable improvements in product quality; c) Market and Financial Outcomes that specify the significant growth in their sales or revenues, market penetration, size and share, asset size, customer size, export penetration and cost efficiency; and d) Entrepreneurial Acumen and Management Leadership which then defines the leadership and management maturity, financial discipline, ethical and social responsibility, recognition and awards of the enterprise. 

The prestigious award is given annually to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for their remarkable efforts which complements the technological assistance subsidized by SETUP, a banner program of DOST which supports the technology upgrading of an enterprise through addressing technological requirements for the enhancement of its productivity, competitiveness and product quality.


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