A PhP1.7Million project of Mangagoy Fishermen Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAFISCO) funded by DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) was launched on March 12, 2016 in Bislig City. This is so far the biggest SETUP funded project in the 2nd district of Surigao del Sur.
The launching of the upgraded ice plant with 17 tons capacity, from 10 tons capacity before, was attended by cooperative’s officials and Ms. Caressa Leanne V. Lim, OIC Provincial Science and Technology Director of DOST-Surigao del Sur.
Technology upgrading of the the ice plant started last November 3, 2015. It was completed by the end of January 2016. Series of test runs were conducted to make sure that the equipment installed were running on its specification.
The key features of the upgrade include having 360 cans of ice per batch compared to 165 cans before and, harvesting of ice and water filling is now 5 cans per batch compared to 1 can before.
Members of the cooperative include fishermen, boat operators, fish traders, market and ambulant vendors. A thousand of these beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the gains of the project. The upgraded facility aims to a increase 100% in sales during the first year of operation.
DOST SETUP is a nationwide flagship program of DOST that helps micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their business by boosting up their productivity and competitiveness through science, technology and innovation interventions.