CAMIGUIN (PIA)–Nineteen entrepreneurs in Camiguin officially graduated in the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI)-10 module mentoring program after successfully presenting their Business Improvement Plans (BIP) in front of a panel for critiquing.
The mentee-graduates are the pioneering batch of the first blended online and face-to-face Kapatid Mentor Me-Money and Market Encounter (KMME-MME) online training program.
KMME is a program implemented since 2016 that optimizes weekly face-to-face interactions between mentors and mentees with the goal of boosting capacity through improved access to mentorship, money, and market.
With businesses being affected of COVID-19, the KMME-MME Online was developed to make KMME more relevant and necessary albeit in a virtual or digitalized form. The mentoring program is now being implemented via Zoom app to adjust to the new normal.
DTI Northern Mindanao Regional Director Linda Boniao recognized the mentee-graduates as one of the most memorable KMME batches as they are the only blended batch in the mentoring program.
Being in the island province whose economy is largely dependent on tourism, Boniao challenged the new entrepreneurs to look at the effects of pandemic as a lesson learned and a lesson to be fully integrated in their business improvement plans. “Make your business happen or expand,” she added.
With the successful digital shift of the KMME program, an additional 44 entrepreneurs from other provinces in northern Mindanao are expected to present their BIPs and graduate in the second batch of KMME online training program this December 2020. (DTI Camiguin/PIA10)