DTI rolls out Kapatid Mentor Me Program in Ilocos Sur

SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur – The Department of Trade and Industry Region 1 in partnership with Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) launched the Kapatid Mentor Me Program (KMME)- Ilocos Sur Leg at Vitalis Villas, Santiago, Ilocos Sur on August 4, 2017 to propel micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and become innovative and globally competitive through coaching and mentoring sessions.

Led by DTI ASec. Blesila A. Lantayona, Regional Director Florante O. Leal and Provincial Director Grace R. Lapastora, the launching program was attended by some 300 MSMEs, partner government and non-government agency representatives from the province. Local government officials such as 1st District Congressman Deogracias Victor Savellano, 2nd District Congressman Eric D. Singson and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Gina Pe Benito graced the occasion to show their support towards MSME development.

PCE accredited mentors Paulo Tibig and Willy Arcilla shared their expertise on entrepreneurial mind setting, business values formation and marketing. Local accredited mentors were also present to inspire MSMEs in succeeding sessions.

During the forum. local successful entrepreneurs and guests, Agustina Q. Quitariano, owner of Pagabelan ni Tinay, and Jeanne Atienzar, owner of Ihawan sa Caoayan imparted their success stories and experiences to motivate fellow entrepreneurs in seeking more business development opportunities.

The KMME program is in line with the Duterte administration’s agenda of advancing MSMEs in the country. Conducted by PCE-accredited mentors, this capacity-building program brings together experts and industry leaders to provide free mentoring sessions to allow mentees to learn strategies on marketing, financial, human resource and operation management among others during the 11-week module-based sessions. On the 12th week, mentees are required to present their business development plans before their graduation from the program. They are expected to become confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and business-knowhow to sustain and scale up their enterprises.

Mentees were chosen in accordance with the prescribed criteria and only be limited to a minimum number of 20 and maximum of 25. Qualified mentees are business owners or managers of an enterprise with an asset of three million and below and operational for at least a year.

In her message, ASec. Lantayona emphasized the role of MSMEs in fueling the economic growth of the country. She also highlighted the importance of mentoring towards the attainment of economic progress driven by empowered MSMEs.

Ilocos Sur is the third province in the region to roll-out the Kapatid Mentor Me Program. La Union had its launching last May and has already produced 25 KMME graduates last July. Meanwhile, the 26 mentees from Pangasinan KMME who started with their sessions last June is almost halfway in finishing the program. The province of Ilocos Norte is scheduled to roll-out the same program next month.

RD Florante O. Leal described the KMME program as a “big brother-small brother” concept. “The program is a perfect tool to motivate the entrepreneurial spirit of the Ilocanos and Pangasinenses,” he said. (Tawid News, with reports from DTI)