(left to right) Dyna Rose G. Tibubos, Aklan Provincial S&T Director; Joseph Edgar M. Sarrosa, Technical Committee Chairman and Member of the Board of Director of Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative (NPPC); Irene Isadora Joy C. Dela Cruz of Filbake Food Corporation; Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST VI Regional Director; Roselyn C. Usero, NPPC Laboratory Head; Paul Felipe “Philip” S. Cruz, President of Herbanext Laboratories Inc.; Engr. Allan Francis T. Dara-ug, Negros Occidental Provincial S&T Director; and May Rose O. Suerte, Head of the DOST VI Technology Transfer and Commercialization Section

Pasay City, Manila — Three Western Visayan micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) beneficiaries of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) brought home the awards at the 2022 SETUP 4.0 Awarding Ceremonies.  The event was held as part of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, November 24.

Two of the delegate firms, Herbanext Laboratories, Inc. and Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative (NPPC) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, were awarded as national finalists for the SETUP PRAISE Award.  The latter was also the recipient of the Most Resilient Award for MSMEs.

Meanwhile, Filbake Food Corporation in Kalibo, Aklan was declared the 2022 iReady (Most Industry 4.0 Ready Award for MSMEs) National Awardee.  Filbake Food Corporation is a food manufacturing company that supplies bakery and other food products through its local bakery brand, Bread and Butter.  With the DOST SETUP assistance, it improved the company’s product quality and safety, enhanced compliance to food safety requirements, increased production volume and sales, and has provided employment opportunities.  In the same category, Herbanext Laboratories, Inc. in Bago City, Negros Occidental followed as a finalist. (KJRGagajena/DOST VI-KMU)