In their sharing of reflections during the graduation ceremony, Kayrell Loussie Bringas of Owey’s Place said, “We need to be confident in our business. We should not allow ourselves affected when we have competitors. We should rather serve as their inspiration and role model. Most of all, we should not forget where we came from when we prosper in our business. We should use our business as a channel for more graces to help others. Let us keep the knowledge learned through KMME 2018 in our hearts forever.”
Arnel V. Javier of St. Francis Vision Care Center, also a mentee, expressed gratefulness for having been part of KMME 2018. He said he realized the great help of marketing in promoting their business. Most of all, he realized, “that business is a means of acquiring wealth to be able to help other people and not just for our own self ambitions.”
Aida Bello, one of the pioneers in the furniture industry in Abra, emphasized “let us sustain the business that we have started. Let us remain humble and frugal and become role models of our next generations.”
DTI Abra Director Arell F. Bañez led the graduation ceremony of the mentees of KMME 2018 at the Lucky’s Hotel in Bangued on June 22. He was assisted by Provincial Planning Officer Benjamin Villalobos representing Gov. Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos; Ms. Melinda Dy Kho of New Commercial Trading, a mentor, and Dr. Maritess Beñas of the Philippine Information Agency, a former service provider ofDTI.
The KMME is a nation-wide coaching and mentoring program of the DTI in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, business organizations and other institutions specializing in the promotion of entrepreneurship. It was launched last year with the aim to enhance the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises in order to strengthen and expand their businesses with the end goal of increasing their incomes and generate employment in the community where they operate. (PIA Abra)