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are en­gaged in the pro­cessed food in­dus­try, four in gifts, decors and house­ware, and two in trad­ing ser­vices, were listed as the third batch of the pro­gram’s mentees.

DTI-Cen­tral Lu­zon As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Ble­sila Lan­tay­ona said the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the pro­gram is to in­cul­cate all the learn­ings in the hearts of mi­cro, small and medium en­trepreneurs (MSMEs) and be able to make a dif­fer­ence de­spite the agency’s lim­ited bud­get.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to see how many among our grad­u­ates have scaled up be­cause this will spell the dif­fer­ence and de­ter­mine whether or not our pro­gram is suc­cess­ful,” Lan­tay­ona said.

The of­fi­cial added that in join­ing the pro­gram, the best mo­ti­va­tion should not be com­pe­ti­tion alone, but the will­ing­ness of MSMEs to scale up their busi­nesses.

“Even if the gov­ern­ment needs to spend ap­prox­i­mately P25,000 per mentee for the en­tire du­ra­tion of the pro­gram, as long as they get to im­prove and ex­pand their busi­nesses, then we can say our pro­gram is rel­e­vant,” she added.

For her part, DTI Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ju­dith Angeles said the pro­gram par­tic­u­larly targets MSMEs be­cause their im­prove­ment is eas­ier to mea­sure and be­cause they are the ones who need the most as­sis­tance.

She also urged the mentees to com­plete all the men­tor­ing ses­sions and give their best dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of their re­spec­tive busi­ness im­prove­ment plans.

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