DTI Region 10 officially launched the first batch of the multi-sectoral Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Online Program for 2022 on March 17, 2022.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 officially launched the first batch of the Kapatid Mentor ME-Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Online Program for 2022 on 17 March 2022.

Sixty-one entrepreneurs from various sectors (youth, online, women, tourism, etc.) of the region were pre-selected to join the free 10-module program. Each entrepreneur is then expected to present a Business Improvement Plan (BIP) to an expanded panel of evaluators composed of representatives from banks, online market platforms and other business support organizations.

An initiative of DTI and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), KMME optimizes weekly face-to-face interactions between the mentors and the mentees with the key goal of boosting the entrepreneurial capacity through improved access to Mentorship, Money & Market (i.e., the 3Ms).

But with the COVID-19 upending lives and businesses all over the world, the KMME-MME Online was developed as the practical delivery mechanism for the same mentorship modules to be used to propel MSEs to survive and thrive in spite of the unprecedented setbacks that now confront businesses of all types and sizes.

In her welcome message, DTI Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona said that the mentees are fortunate to be pre-selected for the program.

“Since its [KMME] launching in 2016, ang programang Kapatid Mentor ME ay napapatunayang napaka-epektibo sa pagpapataas ng antas ng entrepreneurship sa bansa. Maraming negosyo ang natulongang lumago.” Usec. Lantayona said. “We continue to support you [mentees] via our other programs such as the shared service facility (SSF), One Town, One Product (OTOP), SME Roving Academy, access to financing programs especially from Small Business (SB) Corporation, attendance to trade fairs, and others.”

In addition, DTI-10 Regional Director Ermedio J. Abang said that the Department continues  to look forward to what the KMME-MME Online Program can do for the MSMEs especially in navigating the reformed business operations in these extraordinary times.

“We hope to continue capacitating our MSMEs and help them make better decisions for their businesses.” RD Abang said.

The first batch of the KMME-MME Online Program will run from March to June 2022. ♦

Date of Release: 18 March 2022