24 MSMEs complete 'Kapatid Mentor Me' program modules

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Oct. 10 (PIA) — Some 24 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) recently graduated under Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) after completing  the 10 entrepreneurial modules and presentation of  Business Improvement Plans.

The 24 MSMEs, which belong to the fourth batch of graduates are among the 93 KMME graduates who are now being monitored and assisted by the DTI.

Prior to graduation, each of the mentees presented their Business Improvement Plans (BIP) before a  set of panelists consisting of four members per group. Each set consisted of a representative from business sector, banking sector, accredited mentor and DTI official who assessed the mentees’ businesses as well as the learning that they acquired in their participation to the different modules and application of these in their BIPs.

During graduation, Governor Junie E. Cua stressed the role of MSMEs as the engine of growth in economic development saying that no nation will improve and develop without entrepreneurs. He also encouraged the graduates to innovate, to be output-oriented, and to be productive players in the development of the province. 

DTI’s assistance does not end

Meanwhile, DTI Regional Director Ruben B. Diciano assured  the graduates that the DTI assistance will continue even after the graduation, saying they would continuously guide the mentees throughout their journey of becoming successful entrepreneurs.

“We will be more than willing to help. You do your part, we will do our part,” Diciano said.

Jose Ma. A. Conception, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, also commended the mentees through his message read by Shiela A. Nera, KMME provincial coordinator. He advised the mentees to never stop innovating and to continuously think of ways to improve their products.

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Furthermore, Concepcion  reiterated the importance of mentoring because it is best to have a companion and guide in embarking on  the challenging journey of entrepreneurship.

Grateful beneficiaries

Meanwhile, all the three  mentees who gave their testimonies about their participation to the KMME Program expressed their gratitude to the DTI for its assistance to small entrepreneurs like them.

Emilia Fernandez, owner of the Maddela Flowers and Crafts urged her co-mentees to continuously  improve their products as she encouraged thems to be ready when opportunity knocks and to start taking chances with optimism.

“DTI will never stop helping us. The question is, it is not the government who lacks in intervention but it is us who have become dependent on them,” Fernandez said. 

On the other hand, both Michelle Mariano, owner of MIF Processing Plant and Elizabeth Saure, owner of Beth’s Fruit Wine commended the mentors for sharing their knowledge to them.

Both the entrepreneurs expressed their support to the DTI in its mission in reducing  inequality and poverty  by increasing the access particularly of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to business opportunities.

In her closing remarks, Provincial Director  Ma. Sofia G. Narag echoed  the messages of the speakers for the graduates putting emphasis on points such as  right attitude for the graduates. She encouraged them to be committed,  passionate and to seek the guidance of the Lord all throughout their journey on entrepreneurship. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)

Source: PIA Feed