September 26, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Eighteen Kalinga entrepreneurs graduated from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Kapatid Mentor Me and Money Market Encounter (KMME-MME) Program.

MENTOR ME GRADUATES — Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera OIC ARD Samuel Gallardo (right) presented the 16 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs from Baguio and Benguet during graduation of the two batches of the 2022 Kapatid Mentor ME (micro entrepreneurs) [KMME] training. A total of 102 mentees from the Cordillera graduated from the 10 modules KMME training. The businesses of the gradates include food manufacturing, food processing, wearables, ICT services, retail, homestyle, beauty and health products, and tourism. — Contributed photo

The graduates were also awarded for their participation in the modular mentorship sessions.

Kalinga Batch 1 is composed of nine mentees, who as a group, was awarded as the Best in Presentation Award, Team Spirit Award, and Ice Ice Baby Award.

The  individual awardees  are  Princess Anne F. Dapeg of RBD Welding Shop, Machineries, and Merchandise  for  Stone Award and Most Active Mentee Award;  Evalyn S. Aguinas of Michelle Food Products for  Most Challenged Mentee Award; and  Hazel Jude D. Martinez of Mi-khy’s Food Products  for  Shining Star Award.

For the individual awards, Janine G. Cinco (Hailey’s Food Hub) for Shining Star Award, Relaida P. Bali (Laida’s Delicacies) for Most Challenged Mentee Award, and Jaymar A. Paragas (Parway’s Handicrafts Manufacturing) for Most Innovative Award.

KMME-MME is a modular mentorship program of DTI implemented since 2016 aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial capacity of aspiring entrepreneur through improved access to mentorship, money, and market.

The provincial Medium, Small, Micro Enterprises Council congratulated the two batches for their contribution to the growth of MSMEs and to DTI for boosting the capacity of hopeful entrepreneurs. – Peter Balocnit