DOST supports PEDP 2015-2017 through innovation programs
Export Development Council News
October 18, 2016

 The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is implementing programs supporting the Strategies of the Philippine Export Development Plan 2015-2017.

Setting-up of One Stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness (One Lab) is one of DOST’s programs to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Philippine enterprise (Strategy 3). One Lab is an innovative program that leverages technology to be able to harmonize testing and laboratory services from different agencies, making them more accessible to the public. Since 2015, DOST has maintained 21 laboratories.

Another is the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) which provided assistance to 2,081 firms as of 2016. It gives assistance to MSMEs in acquiring industry-standard equipment or technologies, technology needs assessment, technical training of the MSME’s workforce, technical consultancy services, product improvement/development and packaging and labelling.

DOST also established the Food Innovation Centers (FICs) to support the enhancement of the innovative capacity of the export sector (Strategy 8). The project aims to roll out the DOST-developed food processing equipment for product quality and productivity improvement of food processors in the regions. It is established to promote and demonstrate the functionality of the locally fabricated processing equipment. Food manufacturers are allowed to use the facility at minimal cost to test the feasibility of their products at a small scale production before they venture into the business of producing these products at a commercial scale capacity.□