DOST-MIMAROPA awards the region’s Best Technopreneurs
By: Raymart C. Narsico
Athena Colline L. Verdey
Ma. Josefina P. Abilay

The Winners of the 2017 DOST-MIMAROPA Best Technopreneur Awards during the awarding ceremony held during the Changing Lives through Science Event in VCBS, Odiongan Romblon

The Department of Science and Technology- MIMAROPA’s annual search for Best Technopreneurs has once again recognized micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and community-based enterprises (CBEs) during the 5th Best Technopreneur Awards held at Virginia Centurione Bracelli School in Odiongan, Romblon on August 17, 2017. The awarding ceremony is part of the regional celebration of the S&T Week dubbed as “Changing Lives through Science”
The Best Technopreneur Awards is given to exemplary MSMEs and CBEs in the region who have infused science, technology and innovation (STI) into their enterprises’ success. It aims to distinguish entrepreneurs who through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of DOST, have improved their business productivity, profitability, employment, and overall contribution to the regional economy. The award hopes to encourage and inspire MSMEs, CBEs, and budding entrepreneurs to embrace the culture of STI in doing business to further spur inclusive economic growth in the MIMAROPA region.

Ms. Kim Fernandez of Shapes Bakeshop receives the 2017 Best Technopreneur Award for Core Category

For this year, a total of 13 nominees vied for the Best Technopreneur title under the Core and Non-Core Categories. Shapes bakeshop, a well-known producer of flat breads, cookies, and pastries in Romblon, was named the 2017 Best Technopreneur for the Core Category. Shapes bakeshop sought assistance from DOST in upgrading its baking facility in terms of the firm’s overall operations through the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) and Consultancy for Agriculture and Manufacturing Productivity Improvement (CAMPI) Program; production of better products and services through acquisition of cGMP-compliant food technologies such as heavy-duty oven, mixer, and dough kneader; and enhanced quality and appearance of products through packaging and labelling assistance.

Mr. Celso Quinto, BMSCC President, as he delivers his testimonial during the awarding ceremony

Meanwhile, Balanacan Multi- Sectoral Credit Cooperative (BMSCC) from the province of Marinduque, bagged the 2017 Best Technopreneur title for the Non-Core Category. BMSCC was the very first firm to acquire the vacuum fryer technology in the province of Marinduque through the assistance of DOST and DOLE. According to Mr. Celso Quinto, President of BMSCC, DOST’s interventions have helped them become one the most established businesses in the province. As he quote,
“Napakalaking tulong po ng mga intervention ng DOST tulad ng pagbigay ng Vacuum Fryer para sa dilis na kauna-unahan sa bansa, pagsasaayos ng packaging, pagbibigay ng mga trainings kagaya ng GMP & Food Safety, mga consultancy (MPEX and CAMPI) at higit sa lahat ay ang pagtulong sa aming upang higit na maibenta ang aming produkto sa tulong ng mimaropa ventures (isang online selling) website at ang pag representa po ng inyong lingkod sa istasyon ng RADYO NEGOSYO ni Dr. Carl Balita na lubhang nakatulong upang mas makilala ang aming produkto sa buong bansa.”
The 2017 Best Technopreneur Award selection committee was composed of members from DOST-MIMAROPA’s Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC) Winners of the search were as follows:

Core Category

1st Place Romblon Shape’s Bakeshop
2nd Place Marinduque Brilliant Juice Manufacturer
3rd Place Romblon Ashley Bakeshop and Restaurant

Non-Core Category

1st Place Marinduque Balancan Multi-Sectoral Credit Cooperative
2nd Place Romblon Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) – Sta. Fe Chapter
3rd Place Palawan Maharlika and Little Caramay Abaca Growers Association

Winners received a plaque of recognition and a cash prize.