IPIL, Philippines – Twenty-five entrepreneurs of the different micro-enterprises have completed the 10-Module Kapatid Mentor ME Entrepreneurship (Mentor ME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during the Business Improvement Plan Presentation and Graduation Program held here on May 23.
The 25 graduates, called mentees under the program, compose the first batch for this year’s 50 Mentor ME graduates.
“This year we have already identified the 50 entrepreneurs who will undergo the training program,” Engr. Jamir Omar Abubakar, DTI provincial director, said.
DTI, he said, is expecting that these graduates have acquired the needed expertise to improve their existing businesses.
The mentees under the Mentor ME (micro-entrepreneurs) program are coached and mentored by accredited mentors, most of whom are owners and managers of existing small and medium enterprises.
It started under the administration of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino. In Zamboanga Peninsula, it was implemented in 2016.
“But the program was fully implemented in 2017 in the region,” Engr. Rolando Acuna, DTI assistant regional director, clarified.
To date, the program has almost 500 graduates in the region.
The graduates, Acuna said, can avail the different support services for small entrepreneurs of DTI and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). (amm)