DTI-Iloilo to roll out second run of ‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ project

ILOILO CITY -- Following its successful launching in 2016, the Department of Trade and Industry–Iloilo is ready to start with the second run of its “Kapatid Mentor Me” project on Wednesday, April 19.

The project is a series of management and entrepreneurial trainings for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The Iloilo leg will be the first in the region this year, said DTI Iloilo director, Engineer Diosdado Cadena Jr. on Monday, April 17.

Cadena said that the initiative seeks to “level up their business operation” by means of improving their standard and come up with globally competitive products.

“We will make entrepreneurs globally competitive,” he said.

He cited that among others they would like to train MSMEs on record keeping for them to access better financial institutions. This way, they can move from being an underground to the mainstream economy, hence contributing to economy of the region.

Last year, the project was able to mentor 18 MSMEs, mostly from the processed food sector. Cadena said that until now they are monitoring the status of the recipients.

The training will have 11 sessions. The second run targets 30 to 35 MSMES who are expected to complete the once a week training. It will cover two modules namely marketing and entrepreneurial mind setting.

DTI has invited experts Willy Arcilla and Butch Bartolome to mentor the prospective participants.

The Kapatid Mentor Me is a joint project of DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo.

Its modules include among others marketing, financial management, human resource management and operations management. (PNA)