By: Vivian Pole
    Project Assistant I, TOD

Edgemetal and Technical Services Inc. , a fabricator of metal machine parts, stainless steel, conveyor parts and components, architectural signage, railings, grills, food service equipments, kitchen cabinets, welding and stamping, geared up for Global competitiveness in 2009.

“Mas mahirap, mas gusto ko.”, Mr. Edwin G. Esteves, the owner of the company said. It was his great passion to do something challenging—and metal industry in particular. After having been employed as marketing expert in a German Metal company for 18 years, Mr. Esteves who is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, decided to put up his own business using Php 35,000.00 as starting capital.

Prior to DOST assistance, cutting of metal sheets were done manually. Thus, poor quality of outputs were produced resulting to product losses or rejects.  With the pressure of growing clientele, Mr. Esteves later required outsourcing jobs in cutting the metal sheets for fabrication. However, only ten (10) metal sheets for 2-3 days could be produced. This constraint caused delays of production, low production outputs and high demands for mobilization and operating costs.  At a loss for a financial assistance in acquisition of necessary equipment, his co-entrepreneur informed him of the benefits of the DOST-NCR’s SETUP Project. Upon learning it, he applied the program and was approved on April 2014. According to him, “SETUP through DOST-NCR is a blessing to us. DOST’s assistance propelled my company in gearing up to become one of the best fabricators in the future.”

Through the SETUP project of DOST-NCR interventions for Innovation System Support (ISS), the company acquired an NC Shearing Machine. It is used mainly in cutting of metal sheets used in fabrication. Metal sheets produced with the equipment are with high quality since cutting is more precise. As a result, rejects are minimized. 

DOST’s SETUP greatly created great impacts on enhancing the capability of the company for globalization. With the newly acquired machine, the company’s productivity improved significantly and the processing time was reduced by 60-70%. Before, only ten (10) metal sheets in 2-3 days were produced. But now, the company can process 50 metal sheets per day.

Consequently, its production savings was significantly increased. Edgesmetal can now generate up to Php 50,000.00 per month savings in overall operation. 

In addition, a new product line was also developed and more clients were served. The company is now involved in sub-contracting metal fabrications for big hotels in Manila like Hyatt and Shangri-La Hotels. Mr. Esteves continuously thinks up product ideas, develops them and improves their services to attain customer satisfaction. 



By: Jennifer A. Palaganas
    Science Research Specialist I, ICS



G&G Enterprise Machine Shop traces its name from its owner’s humble beginnings and his vision to create his own fortune by being successful in doing metal works. Engr. Gavino B. Gesmundo, in his youth proved to be independent pursuing to finish his studies and, honing his skills in metalworks and fabrication. At a very young age, he was chosen to be one of the trainees to work abroad where he had the chance to show Pinoy’s inherent ability in fabrication. In every company he joined there he was always given supervisory jobs, a testament to the skills he has built and the trust of his employees.

Engr. Gesmundo decided to return to the country and put  up a small machine shop catering to automotive parts and the company’s first clients were those with broken bikes. Eventually with his skills and experiences in machining and fabrication and numerous clients referrals earned him more customers including DOST-ITDI. With DOST-ITDI’s confidence he was selected as one of the accredited fabricators in manufacturing DOST-developed food equipment like wine/vinegar kit and ebulliometer, pulverizer, double jacketed kettle, hydraulic press, vacuum fryer, extractor and filling machines. The company has also been an accredited service center of escalator and elevators specifically by Jardine Schindler Elevator Corporation and OTIS EDM Company Philippines, further proof of the company’s built credibility in the industry.

To further improve its production, the company sought the assistance of the DOST-NCR through a SETUP project by upgrading its production through the acquisition of precision lathe macine and technical assistance on equipment acquisition. With that assistance, G&G was bale to increase its production output by 100% and its sales by 60%. The company eliminated outsourcing thus improving the product quality and production, thus reducing the lead time by 50%. The company also increased the range of machining services provided to include long series of threading and shafting and fabrication of plates with larger diameters.

Locally fabricated food equipment by G&G are now being patronized by various DOST-SETUP adoptors all over the country and by various government and non-government organizations with enterprise development projects. It follows that if you make your products and services very well, clients will surely queue.



By: Jennifer A. Palaganas
    Science Research Specialist I, ICS


Philippine-made products have earned a reputable name in the export market, being noted for their imaginative designs and creative execution. One of the prominent names in the gifts, decors and houseware field is Lampara Trends Incorporated.

Lampara Trends Inc. produces Asian housewares and decorative/functional gift items made from capiz shells, metal, paper, glass, plastic and wood. Among its most saleable products are mirrors, picture frames, candle holders, vases, bathroom accessories, boxes, and sculptures.

Each month, the company ships about $USD 45,000 to $USD 50,000 worth of products. To keep up with the demand, Lampara Trends Inc. sought the assistance of DOST to acquire the FRPRDI-developed spray booth, drying tunnel and sanding booth. Aside from these equipment, the company was given MPEX consultancy and plant layout and technical assistance by experts from DOST-FPRDI. The assistance had improved products’ quality and workers’ safety and working conditions with the acquisition of the FPRDI-Developed spray booth. Furthermore, the technology intervention reduced the process and curing time in the finishing operation. Because of these developments, it increased its gross sales by 30%

Lampara Trends Inc.’s international buyers come from the USA, Italy, France, Spain, Middle East, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Hongkong, and  Germany. To gain more markets, the company regularly joins local and international trade fairs and exhibitions such as Manila Fame and Kultura. The company continues to develop new products and explore other markets taking advantage of its improved productivity courtesy of DOST SETUP.



By: Vivian Pole 
    Project Assistant I, TOD


Like that flat circular piaya, the life of Luis and Josie Vivar turned around from being a small distributor of Iloilo piaya products to a manufacturer. The couple dreamed of owning their own manufacturing but was stabbed by lack of finances. “Matagal na naming desisyon na maging “manufacturing” company talaga, pero dahil short kami sa pera hindi natuloy.”

In 2008, Mr. Vivar, prompted by low sales sought DOST’s assistance on how to improve the packaging and shelf life of the products since the products are being delivered from Iloilo. As the saying goes, “Expect the unexpected,” Mr. Vivar excitedly learned about the SETUP project offered by DOST-NCR. Upon consultation with his wife, they decided to give it a try. “Lumakas ang loob namin, ito na ang hinihintay naming pagkakataon para iyong business namin ay lumaki, at lumakas din ang loob naming na lakarin yung mga papers.” And so Vivson Food Enterprise was born.  

With the help of DOST-NCR SETUP project, the Vivar Family was able to acquire a dough mixer, food sealer, stainless steel table with drawers, dough roller and oven increased their production output. They reduced the production from six hours to two hours. With the former processing rate of two sacks of flour per 4 hours, they increased their productivity into 10 sacks per day. It usually took 7 days to make the delivery of their orders, but now it was cut short into 1 to 3 days.

They also availed  of consultancy services such as TNA, proper plant lay-out and process flow, Packaging and Label Development Assistance, and Innovation system support. Thanks to the intervention of DOST-NCR SETUP, they increased their production output to 90%, improve the quality of their piaya with finer texture, improved their labeling and doubled their sales. With the increase in demand of the product, they hired one marketing manager and four new personnel.

Today the piaya produced by Vivson Food Enterprise known as, “Josie’s Piaya” is distributed to 4 outlets in Divisoria and Philippine Rabbit Terminal and marketed in partner-outlets in Quiapo, Baclaran, Cavite, Kalayaan Elementary High School, Antipolo, Laguna, Mang Ompong Buko Pie store in Baguio, Josie Mini Mart in Sinagalong Paco, Camp Villamor, Purity, Quincy and Lianas Market. The Vivar was very thankful for SETUP and continuous assistance of DOST for giving them an opportunity to grow. “Dati pinipilit ako  ng mother ko na pumasok sa arm forces at mag-opisina kasi sabi naaawa ako sa iyo dahil pagod na pagod ka diyan sa ginagawa mo (piaya), pero di ko pinansin, Ngayon baliktad na, sinabi niya sa mga kapatid ko na bakit hindi niyo gayahin ang kuya niyo sa negosyo”

With improved Piaya quality, increased production output and better sales, the Vivar plans on taking Vivson Food Enterprise into its next level by producing new product lines such as strawberry flavored piaya and classic hopia, moving into bigger location and penetrating the large supermarkets like Waltermart and SM Mall of Asia