The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will continue training its technical staff from regional offices to ensure that they will be equipped in providing assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and help the country’s entrepreneurs improve their performance and gain the Philippine Quality Award (PQA).
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said they will be implementing a management innovation project that will focus on the transfer of knowledge and technology for Total Quality Management (TQM) innovative approaches to selected 20 DOST technical staff from 16 regional offices.
“The project is in line with the quest to accelerate TQM acceptance, practice, and sustainability in selected MSMEs, following the culture-based Survey-Unite-Grow-Operationalize-Develop (SUGOD) roadmap and framework with emphasis on people development,” he said in a report.
The “Knowledge Transfer to DOST Technical Staff: Catalyst to MSMEs Gaining PQA for SMEs” project is funded by DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).
“The project further intends to capacitate the DOST personnel to catalyze 20 DOST-assisted MSMEs from all over the country to gain the Philippine Quality Award for SMEs, the highest level of national recognition for achievements of SMEs towards performance excellence,” he added.
The DOST-IX is expected to facilitate the project in three phases: pre-implementation, knowledge transfer, and knowledge sharing.
“The core of the project which is the knowledge transfer will be carried out in three cycles to include the actual training of DOST technical staff and coaching of SMEs, climate assessment, progress monitoring and evaluation, and ultimately, the crafting of the application report as well as the actual application for PQA for SMEs by the 20 firms,” de la Peña said.
“The final phase of the project is the knowledge sharing, which will be carried out thru regional and national forums and crafting of a guidebook on Workplace Cooperation through culture-based SUGOD approach,” he added.