THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded three shared service facilities (SSFs) in the town of Tuburan last Tuesday with equipment worth P9 million.
These three SSFs were funded by Yolanda funds, which were made available to the DTI last year, said DTI-Cebu Director Ma. Elena Arbon.
Besides the post-harvest facility extended to the Tuburan coffee farmers worth P1.1 million, the DTI launched two other projects in the municipality with the Cebu Technological University (CTU)-Tuburan Campus as its cooperator.
It launched the province’s second full-service fabrication laboratory (FabLab) inside the CTU-Tuburan Campus.
With a total cost of P6.5 million, the equipment provided at the CTU-FabLab include a large CNC milling machine with laptop; desktop CNC milling machine with desktop PC; laser cutter with laptop; 3D printer and 3D scanner with laptop; print and cut machine with desktop PC; digital embroidery machine with desktop PC; LED TV with web camera; and digital oscilloscope and function generator.
At least 100 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and 500 potential MSMEs and users are expected to benefit from the FabLab as well as students of CTU and thriving industries in the town like furniture, garments, farm and fisheries.
CTU-Tuburan Campus specializes in the use of technology by providing programs like engineering, agriculture, and industrial technology for various sectors like electronics, design, garments, electricity, welding and fabrication, among others.
“The FabLab shared service facility (SSF) is a perfect fit for Tuburan and the university because of the geographical location of the town... It is far from the city so industries and commercial establishments are not so attracted to invest,” said the DTI.
It added that education of students will be supplemented by equipment in the FabLab, allowing them to become more creative, competitive, and innovative. Likewise, it would connect the campus to a growing network of FabLabs in the world.
The agency also unveiled an SSF for food innovation center (FIC) in CTU-Tuburan Campus to offer services for food and processed food like product and process development, research and development, technology training and lectures; and packaging. (KOC)