The Department of Science and Technology through the Small Enterprise Technology and Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) has approved the grant of P658,500 to a furniture maker in Zamboanga Sibugay to enable him to penetrate the world export market.
Aside from this cash grant, the DOST regional office through experts from Forest Products Research and Development Institute will also provide technical training on wood treatment and finishing; and technical consultancy on proper plant design and layout.
DOST Information Officer Thelma Diego said the recipient of the grant, Rene Hapona established his furniture shop in 2007 with a very small capitalization.
The shop named “Rene Woodcraft and Furniture”, situated at Sta. Clara, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay is about 150 kilometers east from this city.
Diego said that due to the skills of Hapnoa in woodcraft, he was recognized as best TESDA alumni in TESDA nationwide search.
The DOST information officer said the amount will cover the purchase of latest carpentry tools and equipment such as table saw, table planer, moulding machine, spindle moulder, sliding compound miter saw, scroll saw, band saw, sliding panel saw and jointer plane.
With DOST-IX support, the firm is expected to increase productivity by 50 %; enhance quality of furniture products; decrease rejects and back jobs on repairing cracks by at least 80%; penetrated new markets; and employ more additional workers.
Hapona envisions to expand market coverage in the next five years throughout the region, and further penetrate the export market in the next ten years.
The firm produces various designs of wood panel doors, French windows, bed frames, dining set, sala set, office furnitures, cabinets, mouldings, balusters and other woods products.
To attain their vision, Hapona sought the help of the DOST-SETUP after attending the SETUP Orientation conducted by the DOST Regional Office No. IX in this city last year.
The DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center in Zamboanga Sibugay then conducted the Technology Needs Assessment to determine the technology gaps of the firm.