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Home furnishing, fashion accessory SMEs to get tech support

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Home furnishing, fashion accessory SMEs to get tech support
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THE EUROPEAN Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) have launched a technology-driven design project that is seen to benefit Cebu’s furnishing and fashion accessory sectors, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Tristan L. Abando, provincial director of DoST-Cebu, said the Design-Technology Fusion through Materials Innovation Expanded (De-Tech Fusion Ex) project will provide science and technology support to enhance the capabilities of the Materials Innovation Center (MATIC), which serves as hub for design sector stakeholders. Among those who stand to gain from the project are the close to 300 member companies of the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), Cebu GTH (Gifts, Toys and Houseware), and FAME (Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters Association) Foundation. He pointed out that these companies employ around 160,000, including workers of subcontractors spread throughout Cebu and neighboring islands. De-Tech Fusion Ex is also expected to benefit universities, research institutions, communities and material suppliers. The program also covers opening opportunities for collaborative partnerships within the Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network. — The Freeman

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