STARTING THEM YOUNG. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials and beneficiaries of Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) hold their products during a trade fair on July 31, 2022 in Tacloban City. Some 23 small young businessmen from different parts of Eastern Visayas completed DTI’s YEP this year. (Photo courtesy of DTI)

TACLOBAN CITY – Some 23 small young businessmen from different parts of Eastern Visayas (Region 8) have proven the marketability of their products after generating PHP228,052 cash and booked sales during a recent three-day fair here.

The young businessmen formed the latest batch who completed the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) this year.

DTI Eastern Visayas information officer Anthea Aivi Borbon-Ancheta said in a phone interview Wednesday the participants capped their training by joining the three-day market expo at Robinsons Place Tacloban that concluded on July 31.

This activity is part of the DTI’s comprehensive package, which focuses on strengthening the young demographics of the country to be productive individuals through entrepreneurship.

“Having been assisted by DTI, they can now join trade fairs, avail other programs and services of the Department, and be networked to potential business partners,” Ancheta said.

Their products were pastries, coffee, milk tea, juice drinks, and frozen sea foods. Non-food products include dishwashing soap, handwash, fabric conditioner, and handmade rattan baskets and bags.

YEP, which started in April 2021, provides a free mentorship session for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs 30 years old and below to harness their knowledge and skills.

After which, they will be exposed to interventions such as business pitching, business matching, and participation to trade fair. They are also given business expansion opportunities through seminars on financing and intellectual property. (PNA)