By: Kat Bitao

Mr. Jayson Lo during his talk at the Annual  Summit of Enterprising SETUP Clients and Opportunities at the World Trade Center, Pasay City last July 14, 2017.

In the book The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho, the author, said that every one of us has their own Personal Legends. It is our dreams, something that we have always wanted to accomplish. Coelho also said that “When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you.” However, one must endure all the challenges and obstacles one is going to face to achieve the dreams.

Personal Legends are most of the time the simplest and most innocent desire of the heart. It can also vary from pursuing careers from various industries such as entertainment, academe, and also business. The Department of Science and Technology, in its effort to help the people, created programs which give assistance to those who aspire to pursue their personal legends.

DOST gives assistance to those who want to pursue careers in the field of business. SETUP or Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist MSMEs in adopting technological innovations. It aims to enhance operational efficiency, and boost productivity and competitiveness.

Last July 14, 2017, as a part of the celebration of this year’s National Science and Technology Week, DOST-CALABARZON spearheaded the Annual Summit of Enterprising SETUP Clients and Opportunities which was held at the World Trade Center. One of the summit’s goal is to give recognition to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) who have triumphed in their own business.

Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal giving his Welcome Remarks at the Annual  Summit of Enterprising SETUP Clients and Opportunities at the World Trade Center, Pasay City last July 14, 2017.

DOST also took this opportunity to inspire the MSMEs as DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, said through SETUP, DOST will be able to help the MSMEs not just achieve success, but also recognize the real definition of success. DOST continues to implement SETUP to help yield a more competitive MSMEs in the country.

So, to further encourage the MSMEs, DOST provided a motivational speaker for the participants, Mr. Jayson Lo. Lo who is an entrepreneur and an author said that in achieving one’s dream it is important to believe in oneself; believe to achieve. He explained that vision is a dream with a deadline. And in order to achieve that, one must know the ‘why’ and the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ will follow because ‘why’ gives one a purpose.

Like the protagonist in The Alchemist, Santiago, everyone who is in pursuit of his/her personal legend will encounter challenges from time to time. Lo said that the number 1 enemy of entrepreneurs is unbelief, hence it is important to keep believing in oneself no matter how hard the obstacles may be. Doubts and criticism will also be always present but one must know what to keep and what to block.

The way we think also plays a huge role in all aspects of our life. Lo said that our eyes and emotion play trick on us, and while life has its ups and downs, we must remember to always keep a positive mindset. Therefore, empowering oneself would definitely give one a more concrete foundation and strength to face all the challenges.

Lo ended his talk by telling the people the difference between successful and average people. He said that it is their reaction towards failure because successful people don’t see failure as ending, instead, it’s just a challenge and a cue to start again.

Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña during his keynote speech at the Annual  Summit of Enterprising SETUP Clients and Opportunities at the World Trade Center, Pasay City last July 14, 2017.

Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, in his keynote message, did a rundown of the MSMEs which became successful through the help of SETUP. As he proceed with his speech, he recalled their struggles to bring the government closer to the entrepreneurs back when he was younger. However, they did not falter and looked at it only as a challenge; they eventually got the people’s trust hence producing successful clients over the years.

Through DOST’s SETUP, numerous MSMEs were able to transform their small scale business to a more successful and bigger one. As this administration’s current DOST tagline, Science for the People, DOST will continue to bring the science closer to the people.