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9 Kalinga entrepreneurs graduate from DTI’s 2022 Kapatid Mentor Me Batch 1


Tabuk City, Kalinga – After successfully finishing their 10 modules, individual coaching sessions and presentation of business improvement plans (BIP), nine entrepreneurs in Kalinga graduated from 2022 Kapatid Mentor Me and Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Batch 1.


The KMME-MME is a module mentorship program of the Department of Trade and Industry that has been implemented since 2016 with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity of aspiring entrepreneur through improved access to mentorship, money and market.


Since the first batch of KMME-MME program this year was launched on April 05, the participants, referred to as the mentees, met weekly for their modules. They likewise presented their BIP to their panelists.

The program was concluded on August 11.


This Tuesday afternoon, September 06, the Kalinga entrepreneurs gathered in Bulanao, Tabuk City to virtually join the other participants in the Cordillera for their regional graduation.


Those mentee-graduates from said province are as follows: owner of Michelle Food Products, Evalyn Aguinas; owner of Balcony Food Hub, Jesieca Amoyen; owner of RBD Welding Shop, Machineries and Merchandise, Princess Anne Dapeg; owner of Upland Food Products, Maria Rhea Dizon; owner of Y-Kalinga Tapis Handloom Woven Products, Elvira Dupli; owner of Gemmaghemsc Food Products, Gemma Garcia; owner of Namit Gid Food House, Mary Janese Jereza; owner of Mi-khy's Food Products, Hazel Jude Martinez; and owner of K Jhada’s Beads Fashion Accessories Trading, Kristine Tabanganay.

Awards conferred to Kalinga mentees


In the same event, Kalinga was awarded as the Best in Presentation for their exemplary performance. The team also garnered the Team Spirit Award and Ice Ice Baby Award for their overall inclusive growth, competence and brainpower during the program.


Meantime, Martinez was conferred the Shining Star Award for exemplifying the most notable development for Module 1 to 10, while Dapeg got the Most Active Award for exemplifying energetic and dynamic attitude towards the whole program.


Further, Most Challenged Mentee Award was provided to Aguinas for exemplifying resilience amidst adversities and struggles to complete the KMME program while Dapeg got the Stone Award.


The graduate mentees were encouraged to continue applying the knowledge they gained through out the program for the sustainable development of their enterprises.

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