The yearly staple Tara Na, Negosyo Na!, now on its eight (8) edition, spearheaded the 52nd founding anniversary of the UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI). UP ISSI was founded on 2 March 1966 through a bilateral agreement with the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Philippine Republic “to assist and promote the development and growth of the small scale industrial sector in the Philippines.” On 4 August 1969, through Republic Act 6041, UP ISSI was then established as a research and extension unit of the University of the Philippines.
UP ISSI conducted the Tara Na, Negosyo Na! Year 8 last 3 August 2018 with no less than Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Research and Development and concurrently UP ISSI’s Officer-in-Charge, opening the first session dubbed as “Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset.” Dr. Nemenzo explained the mandate given to the Institute and the various training, research, and extension programs it provided in service of the small-scale industries and entrepreneurs through the years.
The leveling of expectations was later facilitated by Mohidin P. Abdul, a Program Manager from the Training and Entrepreneurship Education Division (TEED), in which participants freely gave their views on how the seminar would give them additional learnings and insights of business as actual entrepreneurs.
Prof. Rolando Ramon C. Diaz, Head of TEED, expounded his lecture on entrepreneurship and provided an overview on the MSMEs’ contribution to Philippine society which, according to 2016 data from Philippine Statistics Authority, MSMEs contribute 99.57% of the business pie in the country.
The afternoon session proceeded with the facilitation of Project Identification (based on Community-Based Enterprise Development approach from the International Labour Organization) by Reynold Ferdinand G. Manegdeg and Joanna Rose T. Laddaran.
The testimonials of budding entrepreneurs breathed life to the seminar with the real life stories of three entrepreneurs: Ruperto J. Lavega, Jr., owner of Signrays Advertising, Inc. Large Format Digital Printing, gave a rousing testimony of his business that went through several trials before finding its niche; Darlyn Calderon, proprietress of Jedidiah Food Industry, shared about her turmeric business that started from humble beginnings; and Beverly P. Aquino, President and CEO of Lugaw Queen, talked about how her one thousand pesos budget turned into a good rags-to-riches story.
Prof. Melchor C. Morandarte from Malayan Colleges Laguna and Jocelle P. Mamaril, OIC Head of Information and Public Affairs Office of UP ISSI, served as reactors of the seminar, while Glennis S. Uyanguren as the master of ceremonies for the afternoon session.
At the end of the program, some lucky participants were provided free slots to have a glimpse of the latest financial technology happening in the world now via the seminar on “China’s Financial Technology and E-Commerce Experience: Exploring Implications for the Philippines”. This happens on 9 August 2018 at UP Bonifacio Global City. For more information, please click this link: https://appfi.ph/news-events/2264-upcoming-forum-china-s-financial-technology-and-e-commerce-experience-exploring-implications-for-the-philippines.