September 28, 2023

Three business innovators from the Cordillera Administrative Region were cited during the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit in Manila on Tuesday.

Recognized were Elvira D. Dupli of Y-Kalinga Tapis Handloom Woven Products based in Tabuk City, Kalinga; Di Anne P. Mendoza of Breastfeeding Care Center of the North in Baguio City; and Dean Michael T. Cuanso of Watwatworld Creative Media and Accents and Petals in Benguet province.

They were acknowledged for inspiring other Filipinos by joining the business sector as the most promising and inspirational micro-entrepreneurs.

Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual, and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion handed the award during the event.

In a statement, Concepcion said the award seeks to acknowledge MSM entrepreneurs for their leadership role in their respective enterprises “which led to their success and for being an inspiration to other Filipinos in taking the route towards entrepreneurship.”

The three were chosen from 200 MSMEs as the Go Negosyo Most Inspiring MSMEs 2023 (micro category).

The summit underscored the importance of empowering MSMEs by elevating their capabilities, enhancing their skills, and expanding their operations to thrive in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

Anchored on the theme “Upgrade, Upskill, and Upsize MSMEs,” there were at least 800 participants from the ranks of entrepreneurs, tech startups, academe, business experts, mentors, and enablers.

DTI-Cordillera Director Juliet Lucas, said July is celebrated as MSME development Month.

She said the agency is currently assisting more than 20,000 MSMEs and farmers.

Lucas added training to enable MSMEs maintain online presence is also provided.

“Online presence is important, especially with the changing buying behavior of people who utilize the internet in looking for items they need,” she said. – PNA