Forty-eight (48) women entrepreneurs recently completed the Kapatid Mentor Me Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) business mentorship training program provided by the Department of Trade and Industry – Region 3 (DTI-3), and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) – Go Negosyo. The graduation ceremony of the program was virtually held last June 20, 2024 via Zoom conference.

Launched on April 5, the online learning sessions continued over a period of three months. They have completed 10 online modules, coaching sessions, and successfully presented their business improvement plans before a panel composed of outstanding representatives from the government, banking and financial sector, online market platforms and mentors from the PCE.

The provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales have 7 mentee-graduates each while Aurora has 6.

The KMME program aims to empower MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) through mentorship and e-learning sessions. With it, entrepreneurs are continuously kept abreast of innovative information, skills, and knowledge needed to upgrade, upskill, and upsize their enterprises.

DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual, in his message, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the mentee-graduates.

“Your commitment to completing this mentoring program reflects your drive to succeed. Remember, true entrepreneurship goes beyond setting up a business, it requires knowledge, skills, and on-going adaptation with the increasingly competitive market,” Sec. Pascual said.

Mr. Joey Concepcion, founder of PCE-Go Negosyo, emphasized the value of mentorship in helping mentees access capital and markets, enabling them to adapt to various business environments. He mentioned that the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurship Network has adopted the program and has been implemented in other ASEAN countries. This widespread adoption serves as evidence of the key role that mentoring plays in enabling the success of MSMEs in their businesses.

The culminating program was also graced by DTI-3 OIC Regional Director Brigida T. Pili. In her message, RD Pili noted that the first batch consists of women entrepreneurs to celebrate women empowerment.

“As you step forward from this graduation, remember that this is just the beginning. The skills and knowledge you have acquired through the KMME program are powerful tools that will help you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of business. Embrace the opportunities ahead, continue to innovate, and most importantly, support one another as you grow your enterprises,” RD Pili advised.

A second batch of KMME mentees will undergo the same essentials of the program before the year ends. ♦

Date of release: 26 June 2024