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Four firms in Cavite recently received PhP3.50M in technical and financial assistance from DOST CALABARZON through its Provincial S&T Center (PSTC). Engr. Raul D. Castaneda, S&T director of PSTC-Cavite, assisted the four firms under the Small Enterprises Upgrading Program (SETUP) in acquiring state of the art equipment while four other enterprises received technical assistance in developing a packaging system.


Ronilo F. Adubal of JANLEN International in Luciano, Trece Martires City acquired a powder coating equipment worth PhP0.96M. JANLEN will use the machinery to provide metal parts of various handicraft products an attractive and evenly coated paint finish. Use of the equipment will enable the company to increase its annual production volume by 10 percent and reduce its painting cost by 20 percent.
In Mendez, PSTC-Cavite assisted Percival DV. Perez of Perez Veggie Fuels in developing a vortex mixer for Biofuels production from used vegetable oils and Jatropha curcas. A local fabricator has started work on the mixer using locally available materials.

Perez Veggie Fuels received financial assistance of PhP0.52M to acquire the mixer. Production using the Biofuels processor will start early in 2009 and is expected to increase monthly production volume from 1,000 L to 7,800 L valued at PhP90T.
On the other hand, Leonardo P. Angeles of L. Angeles Machineries Corp. (LAMACO) in Bacoor worked with the provincial S&T center in acquiring a lathe machine worth PhP0.99M. Use of the new equipment will improve LAMACO's capability to design and manufacture woodworking and metalworking machineries, hydraulic-operated and pneumatic machines, including foundry works.

Once installed, LAMACO expects to increase their production volume by 10 percent and their gross sales by 20 percent.
Lastly, Mayor Jenny A. Barzaga received on behalf of the Municipality of Dasmarinas PhP0.99M in financial assistance to acquire a bioreactor designed by DOST-ITDI. The machine will enable Dasmarinas to convert its market wastes into an income generating enterprise that will benefit its residents and farmers through the availability of low-cost organic fertilizer.

PSTC-Cavite, the Tanauan Packaging Service Center, and the Packaging Research and Development Center of the Philippines, also conjoined to develop for four firms packaging and labeling system appropriate for their product. Firms that were assisted include Alfonso Tablea in Alfonso for its cacao/chocolate mix; Bendita Farmers MPC in Magallanes for its organic foods; Munting Ilog Rural Improvement Council in Silang for its processed meat products; and Ocean Fresh Tahong Chips in Bacoor for its Tahong Chips. (AMGuevarra\DOST IV-A S&T Media Service)