April 3, 2017–The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Go Negosyo at the Casa Roces, Malacañan, Manila City officiates the partnership between the two institutions in launching the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP).
Last 2016, Go Negosyo in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, rolled-out the Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) which helps micro and small business scale up thru weekly coaching sessions done by their mentors. Mentors are business owners or practitioners across different functional areas of entrepreneurship. The sessions are held in DTI’s Negosyo Centers across the country and are stretched over the course of 12 weeks.
KAMMP in this regard, wishes to take the same proven and enabling formula as the KMME and apply it to the context of Agripreneurs. The DA is mandated to promote agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises. Thus, KAMMP was developed with Go Negosyo as a coaching program for Agriculture as a complement to the DA’s initiatives to help sustain and scale up Agri-business in the country.
The program’s modules will be taught by Agri-business Industry practitioners with an extensive knowledge in their field. The objectives of the program are to equip Agri-preneurs with the proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises. Mentees for the program will be selected from farmers groups by the respective Regional Directors of the DA.
Go Negosyo is represented by its Founder, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, together with Merly Cruz, Adviser for MSME Development, and Ginggay Hontiveros, Adviser for Agripreneurship. Also present were Go Negosyo Agri Mentors led by Dr. William Dar, Henry Lim Bon Liong, Toto Barcelona, Pamela Chan, Flor Tarriela, Mike Caballes, Cherrie Atilano, Vix Madlangbayan, Sandy Montano, Babie Atanacio, Mat Maderazo and Bobby Amores. The Department of Agriculture is represented by Secretary Manny Pinol, together with Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan of Operations and Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat of Marketing. Also present to witness the signing is the Director for ATI Ms. Luz Tapusok and members of the ATI,
AFID and AMAS teams. ATI is integral to the implementation of the KAMMP program in all regions of the country.
The MOU Singning was followed with a discussion by the two parties for several initiatives of agri development in the countryside, as well as the proposed ASEAN Agri Summit slated for October 2017.