Kwentahan Tayo: Free Accounting Series for MSMEs

Kwentahan Tayo 2019: Pinadaling Accounting para sa’yong Negosyo.

by Marc Talamayan

With the goal of helping micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the UP Junior
Philippine Institute of Accountants (UPJPIA) has launched accounting talks this semester
entitled “Kwentahan Tayo: Pinadaling Accounting para sa’yong Negosyo.” Through programs
that aim to educate and develop the entrepreneurial and financial skills of business owners,
UPJPIA aims to help small businesses flourish from their improved assessment of their
financials and operations. In partnership with UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries and DTI-
NCR Office, the seminar-workshop was conducted in four (4) consecutive Saturdays (September 21, 28, and October 5, 12) held at UP ISSI.

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Participants from Kwentahan Tayo .

This year, the team experimented with having a month-long project as opposed to previous
accounting talks which was held within a day covering three (3) different topics. This was a big leap for
UP JPIA. However, with the goal of educating small enterprises about different business concepts and with the help of the aforementioned partners, we managed to make the event

The seminars were originally created as a CSR event for UPJPIA to help businesses improve
their operations by teaching them principles of accounting and making it easier for them to
understand their own financials. In the past years, we have managed to get speakers that require
no fee for their services as instructors in the talks.

The following were the topics for each Saturday: Basic Accounting Theory, Taxation, Internal
Control and Management Strategies with Remvert Bryan Placido, Kendra Lorin, Bryan Neil
Domingo, and John Michael Marquez as the speakers, respectively. Targeted for non-accountant
audiences, including small business owners, such as sari-sari store owners and aspiring
entrepreneurs, the talk was divided into a seminar for the discussion of the lessons and a
workshop afterwards to put their learnings into practice.

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UP JPIA members and the participants

Next semester, the goal is to make the event even bigger as previous talks show that there is a
demand for free seminars relating to basic accounting and other business principles. UPJPIA has
a lot in store for incoming semesters and we hope that participants would still give the
appreciation they have shown in the past years for these free seminars.

With this, we would like to thank UP ISSI for the accommodation they have given us. Hoping to
have another good partnership next semester and in the years to come!

Marc Talamayan is Accounting Services and Transparency Adhoc Chairperson of UP JPIA. The UP JPIA is a UP Diliman-based student organization that gives free Accounting series for the MSMEs.

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