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Young entrepreneurs in Kalinga pitch biz proposals in DTI and CHED's YEP-Project MARITES

Updated: Sep 25, 2022


Tabuk City, Kalinga – After successfully completing the four-module course tackling entrepreneurial mind-setting and business planning, 13 young mentees in Kalinga presented their business ideas or undertakings before the panel on September 23 in Bulanao, Tabuk City.


The young entrepreneurs are part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) - Mobilizing Available Resources through Inclusive Training on Entrepreneurship of Student-Grantees (MARITES), a partnership program of the provincial Department of Trade and Industry, Kalinga State University, and the regional Commission on Higher Education.

The joint venture offers comprehensive package of interventions to the youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and become productive individuals through entrepreneurship.


The program was launched virtually in the region on June 30. Before the grantees dived into the four modules, they first underwent preparatory sessions.


On Friday, the young mentees presented their business pitches to the panel of judges chaired by Provincial Director Renie Ramos, and to the members of the panel who were as follows: OIC of SME Development Division, Josephine Daliyong; Station 1 Radio Manager, Brent Martinez; Director for KSU-IGP, Karen Razelle Duyan; and Manager of MV Arts and Signs, Michelle Vargas.

Among those who presented were Joycee Marie Alos, Jeffrey Bassiag, Dorie Cacatian, Stephanie Denna, Jasmin Bosoen, Jonard Dalayday, Jingngoy Dawayan, Aileen Cudal, Prick Jay Labayan, John Lloyd Villamayor, Jonafee Cabanag, Shyna Tuazon, and Zoren Gumisa.


The grantees competed for the best idea that can be explored when into selling. They pitched their concept on how to maximize the online market and how to snatch a big chunk of it.

The panels provided feedback and recommendations as a guide to improving their undertakings.


Ramos congratulated the mentees for taking the initiative to engage in entrepreneurship and encouraged them to apply the learning they gained throughout the program.


The top three winners who will receive P10,000 and incentives, according to Focal Person Enread Bangniwan, will be announced on September 27. The winners will represent Kalinga in the regional pitching competition.

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