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Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, owner of D'Hermanos Pizza with her production workers

To fulfill their aspirations, D’Hermanos Pizza applied for the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) in 2019.

The firm was located in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and started with humble beginnings.

In 2014, using conventional and manual production equipment, the firm started baking for family and close-knitted friends in small quantities, but orders kept pouring in for their pizza. Hence, the owner, Mr. Raymond Lanzado, with his wife, Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, decided to increase its production volume to cater to orders from the locals of Tangub City and tourists.

The increasing number of customers propelled the owner to improve its production plan. The goal was to upgrade its production equipment, establish a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-compliant production facility, and acquire a License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A month after its application, the firm received the DOST-SETUP assistance to realize its production plan as well as enhance its packaging and labeling.

Through SETUP, the pizza’s baking time was reduced from 20 minutes to 3 minutes, thus, increasing the firm's production volume from 3 to 100 pizza formulations per day with improved quality. The firm was also able to increase its productivity by 9% and hire 10 additional production workers. With the increase in sales and demand, the firm opened a branch in Ozamiz City.

“Salamat kaayo sa DOST, sa natabang sa pag improve sa among operation. Kung kami lang dili namo ma improve amo facility ug dali. Salamat sa mga technology nga gihatag ug gishare ug Salamat sa technical na tabang kay na approve amo application sa FDA”. (We are grateful to DOST for helping us improve our operations. We cannot improve our facility this fast if we are only on our own. We are thankful for the technology and the technical assistance we received to have our FDA application approved.),” said Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, owner of D’Hermanos Pizza.

DOST-SETUP is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting micro, small, and medium enterprises to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. (Rogelyn Calago, DOST-Misamis Occidental)