March 5, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga honored its micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) partners and recognized Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) graduates and OTOPreneurs on Dec. 12.

Recognized are enterprises with invaluable support in the campaign for the marketing of locally made products that include Kalinga Ethnic Boutique, Yzabel Variety Store, Traders Mart and Zkart Convenience Store.  

Also awarded are MSMEs that excelled in sales through the Sales Champion Award, Top Grosser Award, and Online Seller of the Year Award, and for innovations, the Most Innovative OTOPreneur Award and Best in Design Execution.

Four business mentors also shared their knowledge and experiences in running a business. Maureen Toctocan shared her knowledge and experiences on wearables, Marietta Claver on coffee, Jenny Takamine on processed foods, and Marina Calanog on cacao business.

Seventy two MSMEs who are beneficiaries of DTI’s various programs participated in this event which was graced by Gov. James Edduba and Tabuk City Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero.

Estrañero acknowledged the contribution of MSMEs for making Tabuk City a business frontier, and assured the LGU’s all-out support to the sector to help the local business flourish.

Edduba also affirmed the provincial government’s support to boost local business through the development of renewable energy to help lower power rate, sustain peace and order stability, provide stalls and support business fairs and exhibits. – Peter Balocnit