Regional News: Online store to boost sales of MSMEs in the works

By April M. Montes, PIA 1, Pangasinan


DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said an online platform is in the works to provide an alter-native market to thousands of products from small business owners across the country.

Alexander Apostol, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said these products will be uploaded in the OneStore system ( to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with a platform to market their stuffs locally and internationally.

“OneStore is a web portal like Zalora and OLX where a client can view quality products, place his orders online and these will be delivered straight to his doorstep,” he said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of PIA-Pangasinan on Tuesday.

Apostol said this market-ing arm will greatly help MSMEs nationwide to pene-trate a large market and increase their sales, which will result to the creation of additional employment because of improved capacity of the enterprises.

He said that DOST in the Ilocos is now benchmarking in the different Provincial Science and Technology Centers in the region in order to possibly identify at least 300 products from Region I to be uploaded on the OneStore system.

“We will make more careful selection of food products for the safety of consumers. Its shelf life should last for more than a month and has a low-risk of contamination,” he added.

Apostol said the DOST is now looking for a potential consolidator in the region that clients can contact to facilitate the delivery and distribution of the ordered products.#