October 2, 2023

With the prospects of having a sustained and thriving business climate, the Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera has set its sights on developing a generation of future successful entrepreneurs in the region.
DTI-Cordillera Director Myrna Pablo said they have recently started the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the first and only program of such kind among all regions, which focuses on youth for them to be interested in business and for sons and daughters of entrepreneurs to choose to follow the footsteps of their parents.
Pablo said based on their study of the profile of business people in the region, most of them are currently within the 50 to 65 years age group.
“Gusto nating i-develop ang younger generation, and we are looking into the children of the older business people upang sila ang magmamana ng mga business ng kanilang magulang para hindi ito mawala even when they already retire as either aging farmers or businessmen,” Pablo said.
She said the department is highly optimistic about the success of the program as many young people are interested in further learning the ropes of entrepreneurship as shown by the number of those who enrolled in the program.
A total of 107 young business people aged 20 to 35 years have already enrolled to undergo the DTI-Cordillera’s 10-module training to be conducted for 10 weeks during weekends tackling entrepreneur mind-setting, operations management, marketing management, human resource management, and taxation, among others, to be handled by accredited national and local speakers who will share their experience and expertise in the business field.
Pablo said an advantage of training young businessmen and women these days is their good grasp of technology and applications, which is important in the digital era where most transactions are already done online. – Hanna C. Lacsamana