DOST’s online shopping portal posts 5.3 M hits

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has posted 5.3 million hits on its online and mobile shopping store featuring Filipino micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the first half of the year.

Engineer Sancho Mabborang, Region 2 director and national program manager of the department’s project, said that with the increasing number of hits, DOST was looking at reaching a target of 12 million hits in 2017.

He said the e-commerce portal had posted 6.1 million hits for 2016.

“We’ll soon reach the 6.1 million hits we posted last year so we’re confident of posting a new record this year,” Mabborang told The STAR. He expects a spike in the months approaching the Christmas holidays.

Mabborang said the e-commerce portal achieved its objective of bringing the products of Filipino MSMEs to a global audience, with a majority of visits coming from abroad.

“About 90 percent of the hits are foreign,” Mabborang said.

Data analytics they have of the hits, it was learned, showed that the top visitors of the portal are from the United States, South Korea and China.

“Even Russians are looking at us,” Mabborang said.

The online and mobile shopping platform has so far uploaded 10,353 products of Filipino MSMEs. Online transactions have reached P1,015,900.

While the amount seemed small, Mabborang said that they believe this was because repeat transactions are done outside portal once buyers and sellers conclude their first online transactions satisfactorily.

“Once they know each other, they transact directly,” Mabborang said.

The was conceptualized as an e-commerce platform for products of Filipino MSMEs with technical and equipment assistance provided by the DOST under its Small Enterprise Upgrading Program (SETUP).

The program assists MSMEs primarily in the form of equipment and technical expertise consultancy. The MSMEs pay back DOST over three years without interest.

Earlier this year, the DOST tied up with the Filipino Inventors Society Producers Cooperative to increase the number of Filipino products featured in the portal, including those by the inventor-entrepreneurs.

(This article was published on the Philippine Star Website. Read at

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