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SETUP Awardee: From Junk to Top Selling Farm Machines

DOST SETUP 2017 Best Adopter Awardee DP Fabrication and Machineries' Top Selling Mechanical Corn Miller

Demetrio Perez is the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Best Adopter Awardee for 2017. Perez who hails from Digos, Davao Del Sur is the founder of DP Fabrication Machineries.

DOST via its SETUP program aims to encourage technological innovation among micro and small business enterprises.

DP Fabrication and Machineries will represent Davao Del Sur in the bested 16 other regional finalists competing for the award.

Demetrio Perez won the award wherein DP manufactures corn mills, rice mills and various other agricultural machineries that have a competitively lower price than many established competitors.

With the objective of mechanizing farming operations and activities, from soil/land preparation all the way to post-harvest operations, said equipment and machineries enable farmers to maximize land use and optimize yield and farm efficiency.

DP Fabrication and Machineries was established in 1995, it has grown from an initial capitalization of Php15,000.00 to its present capitalization of about Php20 million.  

Demetrio Perez cites the experience he gained when starting with the business that was initially based on collecting metals and recyclable bottles. His ability to learn from the various enterprises he has worked for and worked with enabled him to connect what farmers need since he was born to a family of farmers and worked in metal fabrication all the way to his establishing his own metal fabrication business.

Currently, his top-selling product is a corn miller that has the same capacity for processing corn as those with bigger corn millers. Also, DP Fabrication and Machineries products are tested and highly rated in terms of performance efficiency and quality by the Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) in University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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