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DOLE joins DTI’s ‘Kapatid Mentor Me Program’ graduation
Collaboration among the government agencies is the key to establish better linkages and providing interventions to the stakeholders. It is a way of sharing good practices to benchmark and synchronize efforts in strengthening government programs and services. The same was the intended purpose when the Department of Trade & Industry - National Capital Region (DTI-NCR) tapped the Department of Labor and Employment - National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) to witness the graduation ceremony of the ‘Kapatid Mentor Me Program’ beneficiaries on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila.
The activity was attended by mentors from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship and its 76 mentees.
In the welcome remarks of DTI-NCR Director Anacleto C. Blanco, Jr., delivered in his behalf by one of his deputies, stressed the need to focus on the development of Micro-Small-Enterprises (MSEs) as a contributor to economic progress. He also emphasized on having the right mindset to ensure the realization of the assistance given to the beneficiaries. 
Said program is an intervention where MSEs are coached and mentored by large companies on different aspects of business operations. It also has two (2) other components designed to maximize the program: 1) Adopt-an-SSF (Shared Service Facility) program that aims to provide micro-entrepreneurs access to SSFs in their community; and the 2) Inclusive Business (IB) model where MSEs are linked into large companies’ value chains.
During the activity, four (4) lectures from various industry players were presented to enhance the business acumen of the attendees. DOLE-NCR Senior LEO Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes presented the labor standards and livelihood enhancement topics and highlighted the importance of complying with the labor laws and providing the workers just benefits and humane treatment. Other discussions stressed on the importance of automation, sustainability, and financial viability. 
Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the resource speakers as it enabled them to gain important information in business matters. A beneficiary from Makati said “sana po next time may ganito ulit at mahaba na oras ang paglaanan sa ganitong topic [Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health].” 
During the break, the beneficiaries showcased their talents through a dance and song number and were also awarded with certificates of recognition for completing the program.
The activity is in line with the commitments under the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan (TNK) initiative—one of the economic blueprint of the government that aims to realize the AMBISYON 2040 and the 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes

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