Engr’s Steel Industry, a firm based in Dipolog City, recently received PhP 2,500,000 assistance for equipment and productivity upgrades from the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office IX (DOST-IX), through the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
The said assistance enabled the firm to acquire one unit of Bottom Strip Forming Machine and one unit of Spring Forming Machine. With this new equipment, the firm is now capable of producing spring and bottom bar as one of the important materials in roll-up door construction. Engr’s Steel Industry is the first firm to produce spring and bottom bar in the province.
Prior to the DOST intervention, the firm relied on spring roll outsourcing from Cebu and Manila suppliers. The firm, on the other hand, produces the bottom bar by hand. During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm’s production was hampered due to the delay in the delivery of raw materials.
Engr. Denis B. Tagab, the proprietor, expressed his gratitude to DOST for providing the much-needed intervention for the firm. He also cited that this will help the firm in their ongoing projects and supplying these materials to their customers in Zamboanga del Norte and nearby provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
SETUP, one of the flagship programs of the DOST, has been continuously providing assistance to the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in recognition of their important role to improve the country’s economy. The program provides technical and technological assistance to MSMEs to enable them to improve their production capabilities through a package of science and technology interventions and become more competitive both in the domestic and international market.
For more information, please contact DOST-IX Provincial Science and Technology Center - Zamboanga del Norte at (065) 212-2244/ 908-0117/ 0998-792-4622. To be updated on the latest happenings, please follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DOSTRegion9 (Jelyn O. Bayonas, DOST-IX Press Release).