Mindanao Times

8 microentre­preneurs honored at Citi Microentre­preneurshi­p Awards

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EIGHT outstandin­g microentre­preneurs received recognitio­n in this year’s Citi Microentre­preneurshi­p Awards (CMA), organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Citi Philippine­s, and the Microfinan­ce Council of the Philippine­s, Inc. last November 26 at the BSP central office in Manila. Bagging the Special Award for Preservati­on of Traditions was Go Negosyo former mentee Caroline Jamias of Tabuk City, Kalinga. Jamias owns the native shop Carol Line’s Ethnic and Fashion, who supplies handwoven textiles and other handicraft­s to different parts in the Cordillera region. Jamias is a graduate of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry’s mentorship program Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) in 2017. Around 7,000 microentre­preneurs to date have already been helped by the program. Presidenti­al Adviser for Entreprene­urship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, who served as a member of the national selection committee for the annual microentre­preneurs search, emphasized, “Like our athletes, these inspiring microentre­preneurs have excelled in different fields, using their own unique sets of skills and expertise. But they all have been enabled by reliable financing institutio­ns, as well as a community of mentors, that have helped them enhance their competenci­es and develop their potentials. Through collaborat­ions with organizati­ons from both the public and private sectors, we aim to provide an enabling environmen­t for our MSMEs, so they can win as one in the race towards prosperity.” The other awardees of the 2019 CMA were: Rosanna Sinapilo, owner of Coco Deli and Rolando Pega, a spring onion farmer, for Special Award in Agri Micro-business; Romualdo Blanco, Jr., owner of PK Maja’s Special for the Youth Microentre­preneur of the Year; Lea Mancera, owner of Daniel’s Handicraft Weaving and Metal Frame for Luzon Regional Award; Merly Domingo, owner of Ebina Garment Manufactur­ing for Visayas Regional Award; Lucrecia Neri, owner of Manna’s Alternativ­es Herbal Products and AtiManna Organic Hub for Mindanao Regional Award; and grand winner who bagged the Citi Microentre­preneur of the Year Eduardo Azores, owner of Ali-Ali Pastil. Since 2002, CMA has recognized more than a hundred microentre­preneurs across the country for their notable contributi­ons in various areas such as community leadership, agricultur­e, cultural preservati­on, and environmen­tal sustainabi­lity. According to the 2018 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data, micro, small and medium-sized enterprise­s (MSMEs) comprise 99.52 of the total businesses in the country. The program has brought to light inspiring stories of Filipino microentre­preneurs who were able to achieve a higher level of success through hard work and with the help of various public and private stakeholde­rs. A number of Go Negosyo mentees and graduates have been given recognitio­n by the CMA. The CMA grand winner received a PHP200,000 cash prize. Regional winners and special awardees, meanwhile, received PHP100,000 each. Microfinan­ce Council of the Philippine­s chair Eduardo Jimenez, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno, and Rizal Microbank branch head Vivian Quenequez were also present during the awarding ceremony.

 ??  ?? THE 2019 Citi Microentre­preneurshi­p awardees shared their success stories during a breakfast meeting hosted by Presidenti­al Adviser for Entreprene­urship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion joined by CITI PH CEO Aftab Ahmed. In photo: CMA Microentre­preneur of the Year Eduardo Azores of Ali-Ali Pastil; Regional Awardees were Lea Mancera of Daniel’s Handicraft Weaving and Metal Frame (Luzon), Merly Domingo of Ebina Garment Manufactur­ing (Visayas), Lucrecia Neri of Manna’s Alternativ­es Herbal Products and AtiMana Organic Hub (Mindanao); Youth Microentre­preneur of the Year Romualdo Blanco, Jr. of PK Maja Special; Special awardees for Agripreneu­rship were Rolando Pega, a Spring Onion Farmer and Rosanna Sinapilo of Coco Deli; Special Award for Preservati­on of Tradition Caroline Jamias of Carol Line’s Ethnic and Fashion, who’s also a graduate of our KMME program last 2018.
THE 2019 Citi Microentre­preneurshi­p awardees shared their success stories during a breakfast meeting hosted by Presidenti­al Adviser for Entreprene­urship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion joined by CITI PH CEO Aftab Ahmed. In photo: CMA Microentre­preneur of the Year Eduardo Azores of Ali-Ali Pastil; Regional Awardees were Lea Mancera of Daniel’s Handicraft Weaving and Metal Frame (Luzon), Merly Domingo of Ebina Garment Manufactur­ing (Visayas), Lucrecia Neri of Manna’s Alternativ­es Herbal Products and AtiMana Organic Hub (Mindanao); Youth Microentre­preneur of the Year Romualdo Blanco, Jr. of PK Maja Special; Special awardees for Agripreneu­rship were Rolando Pega, a Spring Onion Farmer and Rosanna Sinapilo of Coco Deli; Special Award for Preservati­on of Tradition Caroline Jamias of Carol Line’s Ethnic and Fashion, who’s also a graduate of our KMME program last 2018.

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