AGUSAN DEL SUR, PHILIPPINES — On April 24, the fourth week of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program, 23 mentees from Agusan del Sur gained knowledge in essential business skills, focused on supply and value chain management as well as accounting and finance.

The KMME program, which fosters the growth of small businesses across the Philippines, featured immersive workshops and sessions led by industry experts like Mr. Armando Bartolome. Known as the Philippines’ franchising guru, Mr. Bartolome returned for his second consecutive week of mentoring to lead module 6 on “Supply and Value Chain Management.” He shared strategies for optimizing supply chains to reduce costs, boost customer satisfaction, and increase operational efficiency.

Additionally, Mr. Bartolome held a special session on franchising which offered insights into recognizing robust franchise opportunities. Participating entrepreneurs received one-on-one consultations and a copy of the Go Negosyo book, “Eight Success Tips for Small Business,” to further aid their entrepreneurial journey.

In Module 7, titled “Accounting and Finance for Small Business,” certified public accountant Ms. Kamille Angelie N. Mabano instructed the mentees on practical accounting skills. This included maintaining accurate business transactions in accounting journals and managing disbursements with considerations for value-added taxes.

Participants expressed gratitude for the invaluable insights provided by their mentors, which have significantly enhanced their business acumen and operational capabilities.

The KMME program’s ongoing success in Agusan del Sur reflects the commitment of the DTI to empower local entrepreneurs by equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive in competitive markets.