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DOST-10 broadens biz opportunities for MSMEs thru tech adoption

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--In light of the rapid technological advancements, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10 Science Research Specialist Jon Michael Semilla tackled the integration of technology to benefit the public and enhance MSMEs' operations during the Lambo Dyes radio program, February 11.

"Just recently, we helped a small business from Misamis Oriental adopt the iodine-rich drinking water or Tubig Talino from DOST, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute. Currently, the adopter and FNRI are on step 6 on finalizing the licensing agreement, and eventually, they will start the production of Tubig Talino in CDO," he said.

When a technology is adopted for commercial use, its intellectual property rights are protected, and the technology owner must pay a DOST licensing fee, a one-time down payment fee, and a royalty fee.

Meanwhile, technologies that benefit and help improve the lives of the general public will be exempt from licensing fees.

DOST-10 technologies are developed by sectoral and research and development institutions, which are divided into five sectors: the agri-sector for agricultural productivity; disaster resilience; IT development; MSME competitiveness; and quality healthcare.

"Sa lima ka province, nagsugod nata og commercialize atong technology gitawag og enhanced Nutri-bun, gi-enhance na na siya sa DOST and ginabaligya na na siya sa mga adopters nga naa sa Cagayan [de Oro], Bukidnon, ug Misamis Occidental. Usually ginagamit ni siya sa mga LGUs ug sa DepEd para sa mga feeding programs sa mga bata ug uban beneficiaries," Semilla added.

(In the five provinces, we started to commercialize our technology, which is called the "enhanced Nutri-bun." It is enhanced by the DOST, and it is sold by adopters in Cagayan [de Oro], Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental. Usually it is used by LGUs and DepEd for feeding programs for kids and other beneficiaries) 

With the fast-paced evolution of technology, DOST-10 urges MSMEs to adopt technological innovation in order to improve the standard of living for Filipinos. (GKD/PIA-10)

A DOST-assisted bell pepper processor in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, is semi-processing fresh bell peppers from local farmers in the province and supplying the demand of NutriAsia Inc. The firm has acquired an automatic washer and dryer through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program of the agency. (DOST-10)

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