DOST upgrades printing plant in Vigan City


VIGAN CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) — A printing house is embracing trends and innovations integrating digital technology for personalized and faster production through the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Business Technology Upgrading Program (DOST SETUP). technology.

DOST, through its Ilocos Sur Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC-IS), recently conducted training on the use and maintenance of a six-head embroidery machine, provided by through SETUP, at Nik’s print shop in Ayusan Norte village.

A total of five participants from the print shop were trained in the use of the newly acquired machine.

Mr. Dionel Paguirigan, owner of the company, expressed his gratitude to the agency as the machine is a great help in improving the quality of their service.

“In the midst of the pandemic, we still need to upgrade our technology to be competitive in the market, and I want to eliminate outsourcing of our production process for faster delivery of orders to our dear customers,” said Mr. Paguirigan.

Nik’s Printing Shop received a total of P1,205,120 on March 31, 2021 from DOST for the purchase of the six-head embroidery machine with HR training under agency assistance.

Mr. Alvin Domanico, Technical Supervisor Support Engineer of MediaV Advertising Company Incorporated, served as a resource person during the training.

Prior to the intervention, the company outsourced embroidery services to Laguna print shops, with the outsourcing process taking two to three weeks from product sample inspection, mass production and product delivery. .

With the elimination of the outsourcing process through the purchased machine, the company appears to reduce operating expenses, improve service quality, and reach a wider market.

SETUP is a strategy aimed at encouraging and helping micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to solve their technical problems and improve their productivity and efficiency through the acquisition of technologies, the training of human resources, the design of functional packaging and labels, product testing and more.

For more information about the SETUP program, please call (077) 604-5337 / 0917-840-8203 / 0998-962-0230 or email PSTC-IS at [email protected] ph or visit his Facebook page at www

Meanwhile, to increase the productivity of sugar cane processors in Suyo Municipality, the DOST PSTC-IS granted financial assistance of 216,000 pesos to the Suyo Sugar Cane Growers Association (SSGA) on August 13.

The SSGA, with 27 members, represented the municipality’s sugarcane growers and is engaged in the production and processing of sugarcane into muscovado sugar, sugarcane wine or basi, and vinegar.

Currently, the association rents a private old model (traditional) type sugar cane crusher for their processing.

The annuity costs them about 10% of their total production while forcing them to repair it occasionally because of its obsolescence, further delaying processing.

The DOST financial assistance granted to the SSGA will be used for the acquisition of a mechanized sugar cane crusher and two units of cooking tanks or sinublan.

These interventions will increase their processing capacity, which could also lead to a reduction in processing time, thereby increasing the income of its members.

“Thank you for the support given to our sugarcane growers, we prioritize sugarcane as it is our One-Barangay-One-Product,” said Mr. Patricio Bawas from the Municipal Office of the agriculture in expressing his gratitude to DOST.

The SSGA project was funded under the community-based DOST PSTC-IS project which aims to improve associations through the application of science and technology related interventions and various capacity building activities. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur with DOST reports)

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