By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY — A person with disability is aiming to introduce industry practices he learned through seminars from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Rannie Gimeno was noted as one of the graduates of DTI’s Kapatid Mentor ME Program.
Gimeno has led the PWD sector for more than 25 years and plans to promote entrepreneurship to fellow PWDs.
Gimeno is one of the 19 graduates of DTI-Davao del Sur’s Kapatid Mentor ME Batch 2018.
These entrepreneur-graduates received coaching and mentoring interventions from industry experts for 10 to 12 weeks, the DTI said in a statement.
Topics included entrepreneurial mindsetting, marketing, accounting, taxation, business law, human resource management, and supply and value chain, through a program that involves 10 modules.
Gimeno co-owns Violie’s Snack Inn in Digos City Public Market in Digos, Davao del Sur.
“Rannie Gimeno is a source of inspiration among entrepreneurs and PWDs alike,” DTI Davao del Sur provincial director Delia M. Ayano said.
The store has been known for their puto maya (native rice cake) and sikwate (dark chocolate drink) for at least 20 years.
The DTI also facilitated the preparation and presentation of business improvement plans from the students.
Talking about how the program helped him, Gimeno said, “It helped us, business owners, a lot in terms of decision-making, especially with the record-keeping, production and operations.”
Gimeno joins the roster of other PWD graduates of the Kapatid Mentor ME Program in Davao Region, including Alicia Fabiana of the Association of Differently Abled Persons (ADAP) and Allan Rasman of Mindanao Association of Muslims with Disability (MAMDI).