Capiz KMME 2018
“Mindset and knowledge are power.” A parlance true both in life and business. With the right mindset and knowledge, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can bring their small-scale businesses to another level of success.
On April 25, the DTI Capiz Provincial Office, in collaboration with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, will give another batch of 22 Capiznon MSMEs the chance to be mentored by industry experts and practitioners under the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program. 
“KMME aims to help MSMEs enhance their capacities in running their businesses,” said DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda P. Pollentes, adding that MSMEs should take this opportunity as the government is spending a big amount for this project to support them. 
The KMME Program, launched in the last quarter of 2016, has started an entrepreneurial revolution through its 11-week modules highlighting the different critical areas of entrepreneurship. 
The Program was able to influence hundreds of micro-entrepreneurs all over the country, thereby creating a community of empowered, innovative, competitive, and resilient entrepreneurs.♦

 SOCCSKSARGEN – “Quality improvement is the key in achieving Market Success for the Coffee Industry in Region 12.”, says Ibrahim K. Guiamadel, Regional Director of DTI 12.

Last April 14, 2018, SOCCSKSARGEN’s representatives (reps) successfully passed the Robusta Q Grading Course and Examination by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) thru the Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA).  Mr. Joven Quiriones (DTI-Sultan Kudarat), Ms. Leslie Aranilla (DTI-South Cotabato) and Ms. Ava Odal (TUCOGAI) are now part of CQI’s elite team of Robusta Q Graders who speak the same language of coffee quality.

The Q Grading Program is the way to objectively examine coffees and score them based on their many attributes and overall quality. The three being a part of the above-mentioned team means a lot to the coffee industry in the region because by being part of the Q System, the coffee quality will be communicated all the way through the value chain, from the farmers to the exporters. This will help improve the quality of the coffee beans produced by the producers/processors for them to reach the market’s standard for quality.

The Robusta Q Grading certification of the three is considered a significant feat in order to position Region 12 not just as the country’s biggest producer of green coffee beans but eventually as leading provider of fine Robusta beans for specialty coffee processors and shops all over the country.

Left: Mr. Joven S. Quiriones  of DTI Sultan Kudarat and  Right: Ms. Leslie Aranilla of DTI South Cotabato

Joven S. Quiriones is a Trade Industry Development Specialist who also acts as Provincial Information Officer in the DTI Sultan Kudarat Field Office. Leslie T. Aranilla is a Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in DTI South Cotabato. Both were provincial focal persons for the Coffee Industry under the Industry Cluster Program of DTI-12. 

Ms. Ava Odal of the Tupi Coffee Growers Association

On the other hand, Ms. Ava Odal is the Marketing Manager of the Tupi Coffee Growers Association Incorporated (TUCOGAI) whose office is located in Tupi, South Cotabato. TUCOGAI is a recipient of various interventions and assistance from different national government agencies. The association, started as a client of CARP in DTI South Cotabato, benefited from a five-year strategic plan created by the DTI CARP team for the members to improve the management of the association’s coffee business. Later on, the association was able to get much assistance from the Department of Agriculture, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato and other government entities.   TUCOGAI is also a recipient of various DTI initiatives such as Product Packaging and Labeling, Branding and Greening the Gender Responsive Value Chain Analysis (GGRVCA) of the GREAT Women Project 2 and is also a recipient of DTI’s Shared Service Facility program.

Meanwhile, the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it. The ACDI/VOCA is an international development nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., United States that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards and creates vibrant communities.

To date, Region 12 has four (4) certified Coffee Q Graders, to include Francis Fredeluces of Greentropics as Arabica Q-Grader.♦

Date of release: 23 April 2018

One of the first things that a customer sees is the product’s packaging and labelling. A lot of customers buy a product solely based on its appearance. Thus, in order to help MSMEs sell more, Negosyo Center-Antipas conducted a Packaging and Labelling Seminar on February 7, 2018 held at the NC Office, Municipal Gymnasium, Antipas, Cotabato. 

To start the seminar, BC Hanie Lou P. Llupar presented the major functions and services of the Negosyo Center.

Afterwards, DTI-Cotabato Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist Epifania Ealdama, resource person for the said seminar, discussed the required product information and details that must be shown on the label such as net weight, expiry date, ingredients, among others.  

Further, she critiqued the packaging and labelling of the products of MSMEs as well as gave tips on how they can improve and develop their products. Lastly, there was an open forum for questions and clarifications, and a one-on-one coaching for MSMEs at the end of the program.♦

 In order to enable and inspire students to pursue the path of entrepreneurship, three Negosyo Centers in Region 12 conducted Entrepreneurial Mindsetting Seminars for students, in coordination with the academe. 

 Negosyo Center-Kabacan

Photo caption: Negosyo Center Business Counsellor Mark Nikko L. Manginsay presenting to the students of USM-DMS.

In coordination with the University of Southern Mindanao - Development Management Society (USM - DMS) headed by DMS President Ms. Bernadeth Ribando and DM Department Chair Prof. Maria Evelia Lim, the Negosyo Center-Kabacan conducted a seminar on Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Financial Literacy on February 9, 2018 at USM Hostel, Kabacan, Cotabato. About 150 students attended the seminar.

Spearheaded by USM, this initiative aims to train and develop students to become young entrepreneurs.

Topics discussed included the following: (1) Negosyo Center’s programs and services, (2) DTI Business Name Registration, (3) Entrepreneurial Mindsetting and Values Formation, and (4) Financial Literacy.

NC-Kabacan Business Counsellor (BC) Mark Nikko L. Manginsay presented the NC programs, functions, and services, which include business name registration. 

Moreover, BC Adrian Clave Lariba showed the differences in terms of mindset and values between an employee and an entrepreneur. He also presented the risks and rewards of going into business. Afterwards, he presented financial literacy among the participants. 

After the lectures, Professor Lian Bagonoc, the DMS Society Adviser, thanked the Negosyo Center for conducting the said seminar. Through this seminar, she said that more students will opt to start their own business rather than become employees after they graduate.

Negosyo Center-Cotabato City

Around 404 students of Cotabato City National High school (CCNHS) - Main Campus attended the Entrepreneurial Road Map for Students conducted by the DTI’s Negosyo Center-Cotabato City in coordination with CCNHS.  

Business Counsellor  Asnaira K. Buisan presented the importance and advantages of engaging into business, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. She also discussed about the importance of cultivating the right entrepreneurial mindset.

Negosyo Center-Antipas 

More than 164 Senior High school students of Antipas National High school attended the Entrepreneurial Mindsetting Seminar conducted by the DTI’s Negosyo Center-Antipas last February 13, 2018. Topics discussed were the following: Negosyo Center functions and service, Entrepreneurial Mindsetting, and Basic Pricing and Costing. 

Negosyo Center (NC) Antipas Business Counsellor (BC)  Hanie Lou P. Llupar presented the Negosyo Center’s major functions and services. Next, BC Fitz Gerald Anuta of NC-Arakan discussed the proper entrepreneurial mindset and the basics of starting a business. Afterwards, BC  Adrian Clave Lariba of NC Pres. Roxas presented on Basic Pricing and Costing. 

The objective of this seminar is to encourage the students to pursue entrepreneurship in the future, and equip them with the basic know-how of starting a business.♦


Founded by Ms. Marinisa Gandola in 2008,  the Kabacan Tiles Center offers affordable, quality tiles and home depot, proudly based at the municipality of Kabacan, North Cotabato.  

With the growing popularity of her store, she soon got customers from other municipalities such as Carmen and Matalam in North Cotabato, and Pagalungan in Maguindanao. 

Negosyo Center Assistance

Learning about the Negosyo Center's free seminars, Ms. Gandola attended the Financing Forum on September 29, 2017, conducted by the Negosyo Center-Kabacan in coordination with the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.). The financing forum provided participants with information on financing options.

Through the said forum, the Negosyo Center-Kabacan linked Ms. Gandola with SB Corp through its Desk Officer Mr. Nelson Carbalo for possible availment of its loan. 

NC-Kabacan facilitated the loan application of Ms. Gandola amounting to Php 1,000,000.00 thru SB Corp during the last quarter of 2017.

Positive Impact

On January 30, 2018, SB Corp approved and released Ms. Gandola’s loan amounting to Php 1,000,000.00.

The loan will be used, she said, in adding more inventory in the center's showroom as well as additional working capital. 

Moreover, the loan will greatly help her plans to directly source products from suppliers abroad. Through the direct-abroad supplier-method, she can reduce her cost unlike the present set-up where she needs to pass through a distributor which adds up to her purchase price.

With this, Kabacan Tiles Center will be able to keep on delivering quality products and services to their customers, consistent with its tagline - “Sa presyong abot-kamay, gaganda ang inyong bahay.”♦

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