“Show Me, Teach Me, MSME – Empowering Entrepreneurs” workshop participants together with Associate Director Tessa L. Calalang of BPI Foundation, Fe Avila and Gerald David of Philippine Trade Training Center, and Joven Macapinlac.


Atimonan-based groups joined other entrepreneurs from the province of Quezon in a two-day workshop for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that was held last March 6-7 in Lucena City.

Representatives from Atimonan One Energy, Inc., New Carinay Homeowners Association, Inc. (NCHAI) and Villa Ilaya Handicraft Association were among the 150 entrepreneurs that participated in the two-day training that was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation and Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Lucena.

The first day of training was part of BPI Foundation’s “Show Me, Teach Me, MSME – Empowering Entrepreneurs” program, which focuses on Basic Business Recording for MSME.

Among the topics discussed were accounting and proper preparation of tax compliance to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which are necessary skills that all businessmen should have.

“Having an employee who knows how to do the job shouldn’t hinder you from learning the job, that’s the essence of a true businessman,” said Joven Macapinlac, a financial expert and one of the resource speakers during the training.

Rey Soliven, an independent design consultant, discusses the importance of product branding using the bamboo lamp created by the Villa Ilaya Bamboo Association.


The second day of the training, meanwhile, involved a seminar-workshop on product design enhancement and assessment for non-food goods. It gave the entrepreneurs an opportunity to show off their products and undergo product consultation with the experts.

Rey Soliven, an independent design consultant for various companies, discussed the importance of product design and marketing goods through both the social and print media.

“Show Me, Teach Me, MSME – Empowering Entrepreneurs” is a capacity building program for MSMEs with the objective of enabling them with basic financial management, product development, and marketing management capabilities. It is also one of the core programs of DTI, which is regularly carried out in partnership with BPI Foundation and PTTC, in select, key cities across the Philippines.

According to the DTI, the program is a yearly event and was launched last year in the province of Quezon. It aims strengthen opportunity-driven entrepreneurs and equip new business owners with knowledge on how to manage, expand and develop their businesses.

The Atimonanins who participated in the training expressed their excitement to apply the knowledge they acquired to strengthen their respective businesses and organizations.