Region VI KMME-MME mentees for Batch 1 take a group shot with personnel from DTI Region VI, DTI Capiz Provincial Office, and partner national government agencies during the Government Service Forum held virtually via Zoom on May 07, 2024

WESTERN VISAYAS – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VI, in collaboration with PCE Go Negosyo held a virtual Government Services Forum via Zoom on May 7, 2024, as part of the Kapatid Mentor ME – Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) program. The primary objective of this event was to equip MSMEs with invaluable insights into various government programs and services crucial for fostering business growth.

The KMME program, implemented since 2016, consists of a 10-module mentorship program that facilitates weekly face-to-face interactions between mentors and mentees. Its primary objective is to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of mentees by improving their access to mentorship, money, and market opportunities.  Aside from a 10-module mentorship, the program includes coaching sessions to help mentees draft their Business Improvement Plans (BIPs) and improve their materials and presentation skills.

Following the completion of ten modules, which concluded on May 2, 2024, the mentees for the first batch received this learning session aimed at further enriching their understanding of government services.

The Government Services Forum provided mentees with essential insights into government services crucial for their entrepreneurial journey. The forum showcased the participation of key government agencies, including the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

DTI VI OIC-Regional Director Rachel N. Nufable expressed gratitude to partner agencies for their support in assisting the region’s MSMEs.

A total of 49 mentees participated in the first batch of the program, hailing from various provinces within the region. Among these mentees for Batch 1, there were 5 from Antique, 5 from Aklan, 3 from Guimaras, 6 from Iloilo, and 5 from Negros Occidental. Notably, there was a significant contingent of 25 mentees from Capiz, the host province for this batch. Another batch with 48 mentees is scheduled to join the program on July which will run until September.

OIC-RD Nufable commended mentees for their dedication to complete all the module sessions and encouraged them to capitalize on the vast network of government enablers for sustained growth.

Mentees are currently undergoing preparations for their Business Improvement Plan presentations scheduled for May 30-31, 2024, following coaching sessions held from May 9 to May 24.

Provincial Director Ken Queenie Cunada of the DTI Capiz Provincial Office, which hosted the first batch expressed her optimism that the mentees would utilize the knowledge gained from the program to contribute back to others, thereby creating a ripple effect of empowerment and support within their communities.

The graduation ceremony for Batch 1 is slated for June 3, 2024, marking an important milestone in the journey of these aspiring entrepreneurs. ♦

Date of release: 10 May 2024