Kalinga entrepreneurs join DTI’s ‘Mentor Me’

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga -- More than 400 micro entrepreneurs in the province attended launching of the fourth run of the Kapatid Mentor Me Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Highlighting the launching was the presentation of Modules 1 and 2 of the program by mentors Clarke Nebrano and Henry Tenedero, both successful businessmen.

Mentoring local entrepreneurs will continue until participants finish a series of modules by August this year with expected 24 mentees to graduate.

Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang emphasized there is no better mentor for new entrepreneurs than those who tediously built their names and products for so many years from practically zero.

“The sharing of learning experiences between and among medium and large business owners, our invited experts and our SME owners will surely influence the growth and sustainability of our local business landscape here in Kalinga,” he said.

Vice Governor James Edduba said the partnership of local government units (LGUs) and DTI in the establishment of three Negosyo Centers in the province serve as the LGU’s modest contribution to the country’s job generation and efforts to combat poverty.

"The combined efforts in promoting agri-industrial and eco-tourism projects and mushrooming of micro and small enterprises will hopefully solve unemployment in the province,” he said.

Meanwhile, Grace Baluyan, Provincial Director of DTI Kalinga and OIC Assistant Regional Director of DTI-CAR, announced their office is accepting proposals on start-up enterprises for DTI’s financial assistance. (PIA–CAR)