Iligan bakery wins DOST national award for MSMEs

By Nef Luczon

November 30, 2023, 4:05 pm

<p>Google map of Iligan City.</p>

Google map of Iligan City.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A bakery in Iligan City has received a national award from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as an emerging modern micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

In a statement on Thursday, DOST-10 (Northern Mindanao) said Heaven’s Bakehaus and Enterprises received this year's Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) for Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) under the DOST flagship program.

The bakery currently is the sole provider of One Town, One Product hub in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, with a one-stop retail store where market-ready products of a community can be found and cater to local buyers and tourists.

The owners, Marc Claro, a police officer, and his wife, Dr. Roly Ann, represented the Northern Mindanao region in the national search for the national Best SETUP PRAISE after winning the regional round in October.

"Put it in your mind and heart that there is always one DOST for you," Claro said in an interview.

On its 11th year now, the SETUP PRAISE award is given to MSMEs that excelled in their DOST-assisted technological and innovative ventures.

Registered on Oct. 18, 2012, Heaven's Bakehaus has been in the production and distribution of baked products with a starting capital of PHP5,000 purposely to create a means of living for a single parent who lived with the owners.

The main product of the business is the "piaya," one of the most popular food products from Iligan. It received its SETUP assistance in 2016 for upgrading the piaya and pastel processing equipment.

In 2021, Heaven’s Bakehaus also became a licensee of DOST- Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s Enhanced Nutribun (enutribun) technology.

The bakeshop is the only technology adopter of enutribun in Lanao del Norte. (PNA)