1st batch of 'Mentor Me Program' in Zamboanga graduates

Bong Garcia

A TOP official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that the first batch of mentees will graduate Monday, November 21, from the 10-week "Mentor Me Program" of the DTI in Zamboanga City.

DTI-Zamboanga City Office Chief Rolando Acuña said the graduation will be graced by DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, DTI Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain together with local mentors and Go Negosyo partners led by Acting Executive Director Merly Cruz.

Acuña said the graduation on Monday will be highlighted by a Business Plan Presentation of the mentees.

“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our partners from Go Negosyo and the private sector whose invaluable support contributed to the success of the Program,” Acuña said

“With their help, we have equipped our MSMEs in Zamboanga City with the needed skills sets, the right mindset, and business know-how to ultimately scale up and sustain their enterprise,” he added.

The program is aimed to assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) scale up their business through the weekly theoretical and conceptual discussions and mentoring as well as coaching sessions by Go Negosyo’s angelpreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned business lecturers on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship, was launched last September 14, 2016 and ran for 10 weeks.

The program is divided into two phases and consists of eleven modules, to wit: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Marketing Strategies and Trends, Accounting for Non-Accountants, Product Development, Operations Management (Sector-Specific), Human Resource Management, Taxation, Supply and Value Chain, Financial Management (including Pricing and Costing), Business Law (Basic Contracts and Obligations), and Business Plan Preparation.

The roster of mentors includes Victor Madlangbayan, Carlo Calimon, Marco Fernando Ng, Dr. Richard Mariano, Myrna Natividad, Alexis Chua, Michael Lim, Roberto Valerio, Lawyer Carl Rubio and Alphi Santiago. (Sunnex)