CABARROGUIS Quirino, June 17 (PIA)-Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Regional Director Ma. Salvacion Castillejos in Region 2 advised the 22 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who just graduated under the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program of the DTI provincial office here to continually grow and scale up the ladder.
Speaking during the KMME graduation rites, Castillejos reiterated the purpose of the KMME Program and for the mentees to apply their learnings on their own field of business through their Business Improvement Plan.
"Your BIP is a plan which will improve your current status. We are offering services in DTI which will help improve your business. DTI is always here to help you," Castillejos said.
On the other hand, Executive Assistant to the governor Elmor Villaruel lauded the DTI and the mentees as he highlighted the role of MSMEs in elevating the quality of life of all the Quirinians.
Citing stories of some successful businessmen, Villaruel said that MSMEs are the building blocks of future giant business enterprises or empires.
"We can be like them who started with small business that will eventually grow through the support of the DTI," Villaruel said as he announced that they are currently conceptualizing the branding image for products of the province from the villages to the global arena.
Meanwhile, three mentees were chosen to give their testimonies about their participation to the KMME Program. They expressed their gratitude to DTI for the unwavering support of the agency to MSEs like them.
Provincial Director Ma. Sofia G. Narag, reiterated that through the continuous study, mentoring and coaching, the mentees are now ready to level up in their entrepreneurial journey.
"Through all the learnings, you will now become a more vibrant, more competent and a more passionate entrepreneurs," Narag said.
For his part, Governor Junie Cua reiterated the role of MSMEs as the engine of growth in economic development as he encouraged them to innovate, to be output oriented and to be productive players in the development of the province.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III also commended the mentees through a message read by Aimee Dianne A. Tidalgo.
On his message, Concepcion advised the mentees to never stop innovating and to continuously think of ways to improve their products, reiterating the importance of mentoring because it is best to have a companion and guide in embarking the challenging journey of entrepreneurship. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)