3PK-BIDA Youth Project

The 3PK-BIDA Youth Project is a joint initiative between the Office of Cong. Atty. Mike Tan, the Department of Trade and Industry- Quezon, through Negosyo Center Lopez and LGU Lopez, aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs in the Philippines. The project’s primary objective is to provide young individuals, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds, with the resources and training necessary to become self-sufficient and successful entrepreneurs.

The project features various training programs, mentorship opportunities, and networking events that equip young entrepreneurs with the tools and resources necessary to succeed. The project’s beneficiaries are eighty-five (85) youth from Lopez, Quezon, who underwent various training sessions with experienced and knowledgeable mentors.

The project began with a training session on entrepreneurial mind-setting and values formation delivered by Mr. Ruben Lanot, a mentor from Go Negosyo and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Lanot also delivered a session on marketing strategy and management, providing valuable insights on how to develop effective marketing plans.

Ms. Rosemarie Danza, a former DTI Business Counselor, provided a session on business model canvass preparation, helping the participants develop a clear and concise understanding of their business models. Ms. Mary Grace Marzan, CEO of iLearn Professional Solutions Inc., conducted sessions on production and operations management, human resource and organization management, and engaging customers through social media, providing practical tips and strategies for successful business operations.

Mr. Dennis A. Orlino, President and Philippine Representative of the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion & Development Association, delivered a session on supply and value chain management, while Mr. Mark Anthony Jordan, a visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer, provided a session on design trends, product development, and market expansion, including packaging and labeling. Mr. Elgene Bautista, another visual artist, graphic designer, and photographer, provided a session on product photography.

Ms. Ara Antonette A. Durante, a faculty member of QNAS, conducted a session on good manufacturing practices for enhanced quality, sustainability, and consumer confidence, while Eiselle Joyce R. Hidalgo, a faculty member of the Health Allied Strand at UST-SHS, delivered a session on strategies and technologies for shelf-life extension in processed food products. Mr. Jomar Hebrews Mendoza Rejano, former Mix Plant, Inc., – Key Account Executive, conducted a session on maximizing food preservation.

Mr. Mar Jonathan Florez, a faculty member of PUP Lopez, delivered a session on accounting and finance for small businesses, and Mr. Rojohn M. Valenzuela, former President of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, conducted a session on business ethics, values, and corporate governance.

The project’s implementation began on March 25, 2023, with a level 2 competition on the business model canvas and a business improvement plan presentation conducted on April 18, 2022. The 3PK graduation rites were held on April 19, 2023, followed by a test run of the food bazaar grand opening from April 22 to May 22, 2023. The project culminated in a level 3 competition, where the outstanding Lopezeño youth business model received an additional grant.

The success of the 3PK-BIDA Youth Project was made possible through the hard work and dedication of various individuals and organizations. The project was supported by Mr. Lawrence Velasco, CFIDP Coordinator; Ms. Charmaine Pasion, LEIPO; and Ma. Isabel C. Hirang, NC Business Counselor. The project also received support from Provincial Director Julieta L. Tadiosa, CESO V; Anna Marie V. Quincina, Chief Business Development Division; and OIC Regional Director 4A Department of Trade and Industry, Marissa Argente.

Their commitment and support were crucial in ensuring the project’s success and providing young entrepreneurs with the resources and mentorship necessary to succeed. Their efforts were a testament to the power of collaboration and community in driving positive change and economic growth.

Overall, the 3PK-BIDA Youth Project was a valuable initiative that provided young entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to succeed in a competitive business environment. Through the support and collaboration of local communities and businesses, the project fostered a supportive and nurturing environment for young entrepreneurs to thrive and contribute to the economic growth and development of their communities.

Date of Release: 26 April 2023