September 30, 2023

The Department of Trade and Industry Cordillera is eyeing to further boost the capability of young entrepreneurs by giving training and assistance.
DTI-CAR Director Myrna Pablo this is among their focus this year as they rolled out the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) late last year after seeing the need to provide capacity to the sector who are the emerging entrepreneurs.
She said they started training 105 youths aged 20 to 35 years old last December.
“We see a lot of potential in the sector, being young and pro-active,” Pablo said.
She said they gave training on business pitching. This March, they have scheduled a 10-week, 10-module activity under the Kapatid Mentor Me program along with the Go Negosyo program.
The virtual training will be split into two batches.
Pablo said they gave 15 slots each for the six Benguet provinces and Baguio City, but are not closing the doors to others in the sector who want to join the YEP program.
Aside from training, the director said they will link the young entrepreneurs to financing institutions and other government agencies that can provide them with other assistance to ensure their success.
“We’re giving a marketing-based support because we are seeing a new breed of young business entrepreneurs who are starting a new activity and the others continuing their family’s businesses,” Pablo said.
The 105 initial participants are children of owners of micro, small and medium enterprises who will inherit the business, including first-time business owners of milk tea, while some are engaged in coffee selling. Some are also engaged in retail and some are into manufacturing.
Pablo urged other interested youths to visit DTI offices so that they can be profiled and provided the assistance they need. – PNA