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19 young entrepreneurs join DTI-8’s market expo

TACLOBAN CITY (PIA) -- Some 19 exhibitors, who are young entrepreneurs from the different provinces in Eastern Visayas, joined the 2022 Market Expo at Robinsons Mall in Marasbaras, this city on July 28-31.

The four-day market expo aims to promote and market locally-made products of young entrepreneurs enrolled in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Celerina Bato, DTI-8 regional director, said the expo will not only inspire the youth entrepreneurs today but also other young entrepreneurs in the future.

“This program aims to capacitate and inspire youth existing entrepreneurs and would-be, so hindi lang yung existing entrepreneurs but as well as the would-be youth entrepreneurs, on the basic concepts and principles on entrepreneurship” Bato said.

“The market expo is also one way of soliciting suggestions from clients and other stakeholders about the products and services of the entrepreneurs,” the DTI official said.

In her inspirational message, Charmaine Caminade, a successful young entrepreneur, gave some tips to her fellow business risk takers to learn to adapt to the changing world as she shared her journey to succeed in her venture.

“There will always be a constant change and afraid of technology. If I don’t adapt to that constant change, failure will be knocking at my door. Entrepreneurs should always be ready and be able to adapt to change, be it a pandemic or technological innovation,” Caminade said.

“One thing we all have and depend on in this new normal is the internet, so now is the best time to take advantage on that and use the power of social media,” she added.

Jane Marie Cajuban of Brgy. Calirocan, Gandara Samar, who started a capital of P20,000 by selling locally-made cheese popularly known as keseo and other products, was very optimistic that she would achieve success in her business.

“Magkaroon ng own processing center, tapos sariling equipment kasi ma’am sa ngayon po nagbabayad lang po kami kasi wala kaming gilingan,” she said

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program supports the government’s goal agenda by doubling the number of entrepreneurs in the country this year.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the YEP to provide mentorship for existing young entrepreneurs and to those who want to engage in this venture through six modular sessions which include presentation of business improvement plan and participation in market expo where locally-made food products, decors and other home essentials are being showcased.  (MMP/CBA/PIA-8)

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