Grace M. Javelosa, an entrepreneur from Jaro, Iloilo City, was awarded as the 2012 Best SETUP Adaptor for Region VI through the showcase of technology intervention of the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program – Innovation System Support Fund (SETUP-ISSF) program.
Javelosa, owner of RGies Delicacies, is proud being one of the regional awardees that was recognized among micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have achieved huge transformation as a business.
She was recognized for her achievement on turning a simple hobby into a very competitive business. From simply making butterscotch and yema for family and friends in a small rented residence, the venture turned into a great entrepreneurial pursuit. Starting as a subcontract company in 1985, it finally established its name in 2003.
Through DOST’s Manufacturing Productivity Extension (MPEX) Program for Export Modernization, Javelosa was able to identify some critical technological needs of the company, including equipment upgrading to increase production volume. The company then availed of the SETUP-ISSF to implement the improvements it needs.
DOST VI Regional Director Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga said SETUP as an all in one package intended to boost MSMEs’ productivity and competitiveness via technology innovations.
The intervention of DOST’s Packaging Research and Development Center based at the Industry Technology Development Institute gave RGies products’ more attractive and durable packaging and labeling. The assistance also included shelf-life testing and nutrition facts.
RGies product awareness and sales shot up after its strategic “face-lift”. The new look can already compete with imported goods that are flooding the market. Likewise, the upgraded production facilities enabled the company to efficiently and effectively meet the increasing market demand for the products. (Photo credits to RGies Delicacies facebook page)