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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

DTI-Kalinga produces 23 YKalinga YEP and KMME graduates

Tabuk City, Kalinga – A total of 23 budding and young entrepreneurs in the province are ready to engage in entrepreneurship activities after graduating from the Department of Trade and Industry’s ‘Kapatid Mentor ME’ and ‘Youth Entrepreneurship Program’ this November 18.

During the provincial graduation ceremony at the Golden Berries Hotel and Convention Center, DTI Kalinga Provincial Director, Renie Ramos said that graduates in order to finish the programs, 12 mentees of the ‘Kapatid Mentor ME’ second batch had to complete 10 modules.

For the ‘Youth Entrepreneurship Program’, the 11 participants, he said, were required to accomplish four modules.

“Talaga met nga pinaghirapan nila ito, it is a very rigorous training module. ‘Yung nasabi ko kanina, there are 10 modules for the KMME, Kapatid Mentor ME and of course 4 modules for the Young Entrepreneurship Program na mabibigat din,” he expressed, congratulating the graduates for doing their best and exerting efforts to finish their modules.

‘You need MAP to succeed’

Meantime, Marietta Claver, Jac Farms' owner, during her message to the graduates, conveyed that they need MAP – mindset, attitude, and passion to succeed in their business.

She asserted that as an entrepreneur they should get used to looking for solutions and strategies to solve any problem involving their business and not to give up, but instead find innovations and alternatives to resolve issues.

“Amin a problema adda solusyon na, narigat man wennu haan adda latta iti solusyon na . So, in your business you will encounter so many problems when it comes sa production niyo, when it comes to the supply niyo, when it comes to marketing niyo, adda latta nga adda but solve it kasi it’s really part of it,” she said.

Claver added that there is a need for an entrepreneur to be passionate with his or her business and that they have to make sure that it is what they want to do, otherwise, it will fail.

‘Hard work, purpose, consistency, and evolution’

Moreover, Brent Martinez, Station 1 Radio Manager also shared his experiences in entrepreneurship with the graduates, saying that hard work, purpose, consistency, and evolution are ingredients to succeed.

“The combination of all these would help you increase probability of your success,” he said, as he reminds the graduates that graduating from the DTI’s programs is just the beginning.

“I hope that you will not fail DTI. Many other entrepreneurs or younger people are looking at you as examples,” Martinez said.