118 mentees from all over Northern Mindanao attended the Department of Trade and Industry – Region 10’s (DTI-10) first regional Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program since its implementation last 2016.
“This is the first KMME with no fall-out, which means that no one is wait-listed; all of you will be enrolled in the program for two and a half to three months. You are all selected from the different provinces and, together, we will have our grand graduation day,” DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao said during her opening remarks.
25 mentees from the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Occidental were selected to undergo the remaining ten (10) modules to be done within 11 weeks.
KMME is a 12-week business mentoring program that will equip Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the right entrepreneurial mindset and basic management skills. These 12 modules aim to shape MSMEs so they can scale up their businesses, no matter what field, services or products they chose to sell.
The KMME program comprises of trainings on basic accounting, recording, human resource, operation management, among others. “This is comparable to a Master’s degree. You are not with the academicians, you are going to be mentored by the businessmen themselves,” Boniao told the mentees.
The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) and the DTI have an aligned advocacy on scaling up the business landscape and the skills of entrepreneurs nationwide. During the launching on 2018 March 7, there were two (2) PCE Angelpreneurs who spoke in front of the 118 mentees and approximately 120 guests present during the event.
Mr. Dean “Pax” Lapid, the managing director of Southwest Professionals, is the first speaker who set the entrepreneurial atmosphere by giving participants tips on how to succeed in their businesses, including the values and characteristics one should have in order to succeed. Mr. Lapid is an active advocate of Go Negosyo with a main focus on inspiring more Filipinos in raising the status of their lives.
Mr. Paolo Tibig, on the other hand, managed to set a happy tone in the whole room during the afternoon session. He had several entrepreneurs dance to the beat of “budots” while explaining that entrepreneurs should be versatile and be willing to do whatever it takes for their businesses.
Mr. Tibig has a wide range of business experience. He rose from the ranks of entrepreneurship and he considers his first jobs as a delivery man and utility personnel during his college years as the main anchors of the things he achieved today.
Last year, DTI Region 10 managed to conduct seven (7) KMME launching in the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental. Of the 1,445 KMME launching attendees, 154 MSMEs were able to proceed to the 11-week series of mentoring and coaching. 141 of this count were able to finish the whole 12 modules and were able to present their Business Improvement Plan (BIP) in front of their mentors, including the DTI provincial director of their respective province.
To reduce the number of MSMEs on the waiting list from all the launches done since year 2016, DTI-10 decided to launch a region-wide KMME where all of the MSME-attendees have passed the pre-evaluation and pre-assessment done by the PCE and the DTI.
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