Why oneSTore came to be
Located approximately 162 kilometers north of Luzon mainland, is an archipelago with the smallest land area and population in the country. Batanes, behind its incomparable picturesque environment, is a world of simplicity and tradition, a home for every Ivatan.
For many years of living traditionally, a wave of change has come when Science and Technology interventions were introduced, giving an opportunity to Ivatans like Aling Amalia, to explore the wonders of science and technology.
She is just one of the several Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that have benefited from the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), a flagship program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). This
Despite the recorded increase in productivity and sales as well the production of higher quality products, one of the major challenges for DOST-assisted MSMEs is the application of appropriate marketing strategies which can potentially expand their market base, reaching places beyond the confines of their vicinity.
In order to continue realizing their importance, DOST coined a web application that caters to MSMEs. oneSTore.ph is an electronic commerce (eCommerce) platform initiated by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and developed by DOST Region 02. Electronic commerce (eCommerce) is a medium for trading in products and / or services using computers and networks such as the internet. It has increasingly become a significant component of any business strategy in the development and it contributes immensely to the global economy.
In a competitive and globalized world, local MSMEs need to compete more effectively and efficiently in order to boost domestic economic activity and contribute to the export earnings of the country. Small and medium-scaled business enterprises should be at par with other firms inside or outside the country. MSMEs should be able to compete globally to elevate the domestic economic activity and help in the export incomes of the country. Through oneSTore.ph, local entrepreneurs will have the chance to showcase their innovative products locally and internationally.