More small and micro-enterprise businesses based in Puerto Princesa City and Aborlan have signed up under the Department of Trade and Industry’s mentoring program, a DTI official said Friday.
From an initial list of 36 individual enrollees, an additional 125 businessmen from Puerto Princesa and Aborlan will join the program, according to Percival Narborita, designated information officer of DTI-Palawan.
The program, called “Kapatid Mentor ME”, aims to assist micro and small enterprises sustain and improve their businesses through weekly coaching and mentoring by business owners and practitioners on different functional areas of entrepreneurship. It is a joint program of DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo.
“Next month, we expect 125 more business, mostly coming from the food processing sector from Puerto Princesa and Aborlan dahil po sa tulong ni Congressman (Gil) Acosta,” Narborita said.
Aside from the capacity building trainings, the program provides assistance to micro and small enterprises in developing their products and in marketing.
Narborita added they will still accommodate businessmen from outside of Puerto Princesa and Aborlan, but priority will be given to those based in Aborlan and Puerto Princesa City.
The 11-week program will have weekly modules such as Marketing, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management among others.