TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Negosyo Center of the Department of Trade and Industry trained 41 micro entrepreneurs on the improvement of their products.
Twenty-four entrepreneurs from Barangay Dupag, this city, gained additional knowledge about banana processing and 17 micro entrepreneurs from Barangay Guilayon trained on soap making.
Alma C. Busacay, owner of Mom-is Food Products, shared her expertise on vinegar and wine making. She encouraged the participants to maximize use of raw materials that are locally available.
The micro entrepreneurs from Barangay Guilayon were capacitated on calamansi soap processing and on action planning which included product and market development to boost entrepreneurship in the community.
Three other variants were also introduced such as papaya, acapulco, and guava.
Rowena Lenmamag, owner of RJEL Soap Manufacturing in Rizal, discussed opportunities in the soap making business highlighting its minimal capital requirement and the abundance of raw materials available in the community like medicinal plants and fruit bearing trees.
Tabuk Negosyo Center businesses counselor Kevin Racraquin mentored and gave tips to the participants especially on issues affecting their business and future training needs.
DTI also reported that the second batch of nine Kapatid Mentor ME mentees this year successfully presented on Aug. 11 at the Davidson Hotel their business improvement plans before a selected panel. The panelists commended the mentees and provided suggestions to improve their business operations. – Peter A. Balocnit