Tabuk City, Kalinga – Nine qualified entrepreneurs in Kalinga will join the 2022 Kapatid Mentor Me and Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Batch 1 of the Department of Trade and Industry.
The KMME is a 10-module mentorship program that optimizes weekly interactions between the mentors and the mentees with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity through improved access to Mentorship, Money, and Market.
Through DTI–Kalinga headed by Provincial Director Renie Ramos, eight of the mentees participated in the launching and orientation program at Golden Berries Hotel and Convention Center, San Juan, Tabuk City this April 05, 2022. One mentee was in Baguio City but was able to attend online.
In an interview, Coordinator Aurelia Sanet of DTI-Kalinga said another 9 entrepreneurs will attend the launching of Batch 2 on Thursday, April 07.
The 18 participants, she said, applied for the program and while the department has only 14 targets, they coordinated with the regional office to accommodate all the applicants as their records show that they are qualified for the program. The request was granted by the receiving office.
Sanet said that two of the Batch 1 mentees are from Pinukpuk, one from Lubuagan, and five are from the City of Tabuk.
The mentees, she explained, will meet weekly for 3 months for their modules.
In July, they are to craft their Business Improvement Plan (BIP) that shall be presented to the panelist before they graduate in August.
The coordinator asked for the mentees to do their best and learn from their mentors for them to succeed.
“They have to put their heart and soul and time talaga. If they would like to improve their own business, they have to have 100% attendance tapos learn from the mentors. Adda ngay diay humility on them tapnu masurwan da nga talaga kasi your mentors are business people themselves, they rose from the rank. Nu kayat da nga ag-succeed, they have to really listen the stories of their mentors and implement nu adda advices from their mentors,” Sanet said.
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