Marikina Shoes and Bags Makers Acquire Machines, Thanks to DOST

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Small and medium-sized manufacturers of shoes and bags in Marikina acquired new machines and equipment to enhance their production and operation, thanks to the Innovation System Support Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Helping Marikina’s shoe industry improve their operations, expand their markets and increase their profitability is one of the programs being undertaken by the administration of Mayor Marcy Teodoro. Recently, Mayor Marcy forged a sisterhood agreement with Davao City with the aim of helping Marikina leather goods manufacturers gain access to consumers in Davao and Mindanao for their shoes, bags and other products.

The manufacturers such as Vestrada Fashion Bags, Rosem Shoes and Alria, makers of Antonio Miguel Shoes, were able to receive innovation system support from the DOST so that they can acquire machines and equipment. The Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) helped the shoemakers get the assistance from DOST.

These manufacturers -- which acquired sewing machines, hydraulic press used for cutting soles, band knife cutting machine -- said their operations have improved since they began using them.

“Bumilis ang sistema after we acquired the hydraulic press. Dati inaabot kami ng tatlong araw sa paggupit ng swelas. Ngayon isang araw na lang,” said Jun Pasco, owner of Rosem Shoes that supplied ladies shoes mostly to online sellers throughout the country. "Tapos pantay-pantay na at mas magadanda na ang pagkaputol ng mga swelas."

Gloria Magtaos, owner of Alria Shoes, said the quality of their products improved a lot since they began using the new machines and equipment in their factory.

"Iyong machine at equipment na nabili namin through the assistance of the DOST, ang laki ng pakinabang namin," said Gloria, who founded the company with her husband Alfred.

"With regards sa quality, sobrang malaking tulong. Pantay-pantay na ang pagkaputol sa mga leather materials na kailangan sa paggawa ng sapatos. Pag pinasok mo sa band knife, pantay-pantay talaga. Kung anong kapal ang gusto mo sa leather, merong scale sa machine kasi, ipapasok mo lang doon, ok na. Mabilis," said Gloria.

Vera Estrada, owner of Vestrada Fashion Bags, echoed their views. She purchased five sewing machines under the innovation system support of the DOST.

"We really appreciate this assistance from the DOST," Vera said. "Tapos may supervision pa on how our production has improved. We are required to submit productivity report every quarter."

Headed by Noel Box, MASIDO works with both DOST and the Marikina shoe industry to find out what the manufacturers need to bolster their operations and how they can be helped by the government agency.

The DOST, through its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SET UP) extends innovation system support to help small enterprises upgrade their machinery and equipment. SET UP also helps SMEs to learn the latest technology to enhance production through technology transfer, as well as to receive technical training, get information on packaging and labeling, among other services.

(Photos by Alfred Javier of MASIDO)

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