Different Photos and moments during the Project visit to Base Wood Products

LUNA, ISABELA – After seeing all the innovative products Base Wood Products are manufacturing such as improved plastic tablet chairs for left and right-handed and iron worked innova-type tricycle, DOST Secretary Fortunato De La Peña dubbed Base Wood Products as “InnoBase” in short for Innovative Base Wood Products.

Mr. Edgar B. Base Sr., like very true entrepreneur, is an opportunity spotter. When he was a farmer and a free-lance salesman of office equipment and furniture, he saw the potential of the furniture industry. In 1994, with only P 20,000.00 initial capital, he began his furniture business with 15 workers and built his workshop beside his residence in Cauayan City, Isabela. His products include home and office furniture and building components made from narra. From being a farmer, he learned the value of hard work; from being a salesman he learned never to give up, to accurately appraise the market and make use of current situations.

When business slowed down in 1997 because the use of Narra was totally banned, the company shifted to G-Melina wood upon the recommendation of the DENR. The same year, Base Wood Products (BWP) won the bid for the manufacture of desk chairs for the DepEd under the Social Expenditure Management Project. The firm supplies desk chairs not only to the DepEd Region 02 but also in Region 04 and 11 as well, which necessitated the establishment of the workshop in the Luna, Isabela to accommodate the increasing demand for his products, he then add additional workforce stationed in Region 04 and 11 but majority of his workers or fifty percent comes from Region 02 particularly in the province of Isabela.

The enterprise has availed Php 5,000,000 loan from SB Corporation with the assistance of DTI-Isabela and another Php 2,000,000.00 from the Land Bank of the Philippines. DTI initiated the initial trainings particularly on quality productivity; basic bookkeeping; and business counseling. Mr. Base participated in provincial and regional trade fairs, market matching and buyers linkage programs. His business further expanded and employment has increase from 34 in December 2002 to 46 as of June 2003. All these benefits translated into growth in sales from Php 4 million in December 2002 to Php 16.3 million in June 2003.

From a small enterprise, Base Wood Products became a medium enterprise and ranked third among 16 outstanding SME Graduates honored in Malacañang in July 2003.

The bulk of the company business ventures came from the Department of Education in the production of schools supplies particularly furnitures (desk chairs). For this reasons, the company have to improve the quality of their products in order to cope with product standards set by DepEd and its outside clients in order to meet very high customer satisfaction rating. This means the company has to invest additional capital for the purchase of additional state of the art equipment and machineries, transport vehicles and expansion of the building plant and most of all a lumber kiln dryer (LKD) to sustain the quality of its wood products.

In line with company’s thrust and quest for a long term excellence for the service it renders to its customers, working staff and the community, a set target or deadline of all orders is always undertaken and strictly implemented by the management in its operation.

To date, the company produces more than 19,000 school chairs per month and has increased its income by 575% since initial assistance of DOST to the firm thru SETUP.

 

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