June 5, 2021

48 entrepreneurs from C. Visayas have completed the DTI’s mentorship program.

A total of 48 entrepreneurs from Central Visayas have graduated from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) multi-sectoral class (DTI).

The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-Go Negosyo and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry are collaborating on the initiative (CCCI).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, PCE-Go Negosyo Joey Ma. Concepcion III, and Ma. Elena Arbon, the recently appointed regional director of DTI-7, attended the virtual graduation on Friday.

“Learning over the internet might be difficult, but we are happy to have graduated all of our mentees. We want you [mentees] to be successful businesses as well as job creators,” Arbon stated.

Despite the hurdles posed by the epidemic, Baywalk Enterprises owner Riezl Cabanero Chua completed the online course, according to a DTI statement.

“We are proud of our work and will continue to improve and create new business strategies and ideas. “Our company was closed [during the epidemic], but we were able to adapt to creating face masks and face shields,” a Cebu entrepreneur said.

Chua, a working mother of two, used to work in advertising, publishing, and printing, which she only resumed once the communal quarantine was relaxed.

“With KMME, I’ve gained a broader view on the industry. I learnt to be more ambitious in my aims, less complacent in my approach, and more visionary. With the epidemic, KMME is a really nice motivating program for me, as it gives us hope for the future and reignites our burning enthusiasm in our businesses,” she remarked.

The 10-week program aims to generate self-assured entrepreneurs from a variety of industries with the necessary mentality and fundamental management abilities to help them maintain their firms in the new normal.

“My current aim is to fine-tune all of our business systems [bookkeeping, organizational structure, manufacturing processes, inventory system, and other present bottlenecks] as well as grow our network of manufacturing partners in preparation for projected company expansion,” Chua stated.

Chua is one of the 13 Cebu mentees that have graduated.

Other alumni include thirteen (13) from Bohol, fourteen (14) from Negros Oriental, and eight (8) from Siquijor who have completed the mentorship program since April.

DTI Cebu has announced that it is officially accepting applications for the July sectoral batch of KMME Online.

Owners and managers of tourism-related enterprises, such as resorts, hotels and lodging, restaurants that cater to visitors, and travel and tour agencies, are encouraged to enroll and may do so online until June 15 at https://tinyurl.com/CEBUKMME-MMEONLINEBATCH4.

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