Perceived Level of Effectiveness of Dost’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Setup) to the Operation of Small and Medium Enterprises in Southern Isabela
The Science and Technology Department has introduced and established a nationwide programSmall Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (SETUP) methods designed to empower and help micro,
small and medium-sized enterprises ( MSMEs) to implement technical technologies to enhance their
operations and thus raise their efficiency and competitiveness. The SETUP program provides equipment and
technical assistance to micro and medium-sized enterprises to allow micro, small and medium-sized
enterprises to increase sales and development, restructure and increase overall company operations ,
improve product and service quality, comply with national and international standards of excellence and be
competitive in their respective fields.
The aim of this study was to assess the perceived level of effectiveness of the Small Enterprise Technology
Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the activity of
Small and Medium Enterprises in Southern Isabela. Data were gathered from the Cordon, Echague, Jones,
San Isidro, and Santiago City, Isabela municipalities.
In Southern Isabela there are thirty nine (39) Small and Medium Enterprises participating in the research.
The respondents are divided into two (2): Fourteen (14) are in the food industry; twenty-five (25) are in the
non-food field. Descriptive-causal approach was used to explain respondent / beneficiary knowledge. The
data collected were handled statistically using the Statistical Kit for Social Sciences ( SPSS), frequencies ,
percentages, arithmetic mean, Numerical Scale, paired sample t-test, and using one sample t-test statistical
tool. To evaluate the significant difference between the mean of different variable groups listed in the
hypotheses, Paired Sample T-test and One Sample T-Test was used.
The perceived efficiency level of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade System (SETUP) for Micro,
Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) business operations in terms of: Financial Aspect, and NonFinancial Aspect was effective. The perceived level of effectiveness of MSMEs' pre-generated jobs
(SETUP) was ineffective, whereas post-generated jobs (SETUP) were slightly effective. The perceived level
of effectiveness of the MSMEs' pre-generated monthly income (SETUP) was ineffective while the monthly
after-generation income (SETUP) was slightly effective.
SETUP 's perceived level of effectiveness among MSMEs when classified as age was effective; sex is
ineffective; civil status was slightly effective; educational attainment was effective; industry classification is
slightly effective; and start-up capital was ineffective before SETUP; and lastly, start-up capital after
SETUP was slightly effective.