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Hobby turned into a profitable business venture gets boost from DOST

The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) continues to bring micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to new heights through technology upgrading.
AGP Sailor’s Souvenirs and General Merchandise in Candon City, Ilocos Sur is a firm specializing in ship modeling — the building of scale representations or replicas of ships and other sea vessels.
It is owned and managed by Mr. Aldwin Pagaoa, a former seaman, who sought assistance from DOST through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Ilocos Sur last 2018 for technology assistance appropriate for his ship modeling operations.
Mr. Pagaoa said that building miniature ships was just his pastime when he was still a full-time seaman until one of his finished miniature ships impressed his co-workers and his captain, who ended up buying one for a decent price, thus leading to the birth of his ship models manufacturing business.
Since then, he earned clients from local and international shipping companies who order for giveaways and tokens for their events.
“We also sell wall clocks with seaman-inspired designs to our clients,” he added.
The firm’s SETUP proposal project entitled “Production Facilities Upgrading of a Souvenir Manufacturer” was duly approved and provided with an assistance of PhP270,297.00 for its acquisition of a 3D printer and a bandsaw.
With the new 3D printer which can print small and intricate ship parts, the firm saves about PhP10,500.00 per month on brass etches bought and shipped from Korea.
The brass etches contain pre-shaped railings and other tiny ship parts.
The firm also eyes to expand its product line to miniature trucks, mobile gadget accessories, building/architectural models house decorations, customized event giveaways and other souvenirs.
Likewise, the bandsaw is now enabling the firm to cut the wood into desired shapes and finish delicate cuts on tight corners, thus maximizing every foot of the wood.
Moreover, Mr. Pagaoa said he is more than grateful to be one of the SETUP beneficiaries and encouraged other MSMEs under the priority industry sectors to avail of the program.
SETUP is a nationwide strategy of the DOST that recognizes the role of MSMEs in the national growth through technical assistance that will help them increase productivity and improve their products and/or services and competitiveness. (JCR/AMB, PIA Ilocos Sur with reports from DOST)


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