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DOST continues to help PH furniture industry expand, assist entrepreneurs.

By Dhel Nazario

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its technical assistance programs and consultancy services, continues to help the country's furniture industry expand and assist the local entrepreneurs to be more globally competitive.

The country's furniture industry is a robust one, with wood being a top priority export product. While most that comprise the furniture industry are micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), it still provides millions of jobs to Filipinos.

Some examples of enterprises that have successfully availed DOST's interventions:

Total Woodkraft

Established in 1997, the firm is owned by Caraciola Grace Alcala from Bohol and has availed of the agency's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) three times in 2003, 2007 and 2012.

Through these interventions, the firm was able to acquire a 3,000 bd. ft. capacity furnace-type lumber dryer; upgraded woodworking capability through the provision of wood working power tools and machineries; worker's skills on furniture manufacturing technologies were enhanced; productivity was enhanced through Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) program and has established a network with the industry's stakeholders through DOST's Value Chain for Furniture Project.

Caril's Furniture

Doing dining sets, cabinets, and other custom designed furniture in Naval, Biliran, Adelfa Caril established the firm in 1986. She availed of DOST's technical assistance and services in 2010 which enabled her to acquire appropriate equipment to adopt the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) technology for wood finishing and bending techniques, training for the adoption of the technology, and consultancy services under the Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) program and Cleaner Production Technology.

As an overall result, the firm was able to generate gross sales of up to P5.4 million during that same period.

RMB Furniture

Roy Bayoneta from Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, decided to seek DOST's assistance and with a financial assistance of P2 million pesos, the firm got its kiln dryer. The fund also provided for the training in the handling of the kiln dryer, 5S, and consultancy services on Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) program.

As a result, the drying process became faster and the firm was able to increase productivity by 24.2 percent. From retail buyers, the firm moved up to high-end institutional buyers.

From one firm to another, DOST takes every opportunity to help entrepreneurs address their needs in productivity enhancement, technology acquisition and cleaner production. Although these are just MSMEs, all of them build the industry from the ground up.



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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jan 21, 2018
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