THE annual celebration of National Science and Technology (S&T) Week, scheduled from Nov. 22 to 28, 2021, showcases the many achievements of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that embrace science, technology and innovation to improve their operation and market competitiveness.

In this weeklong celebration, the virtual stage will again be shared with the different adopters who have benefitted from the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its regional offices across the country.

In fact, with the many achievements of the program when it was launched in 2002, there are three outstanding enterprises in Region 6 that have their own success stories to tell. Last year, three MSMEs in Negros Occidental were awarded financial assistance, namely S&E Agri-Aqua Ventures Corp. (Seacorp), Suarez Enterprise and Mardal Corp.

They are currently working on the upgrade of their products and services through the intervention under the Setup iFund or the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program Innovation-Enabling Fund.

First on the list is Seacorp, a shrimp farm that started in 2014 and was a successful beneficiary of DoST's Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement program in 2017. Seacorp produces natural, safe and premium quality white shrimps through its eco-friendly practices, one of which is its strategic location where shrimps are less exposed to pollution.

Focusing on the prevention and management of viral diseases, technology intervention has changed the farm's perspective in maintaining the high productivity of shrimps. The farm owner availed of Setup iFund's technical assistance, aiming to improve production efficiency through increased annual cycles and stocking densities using Pond Liners.