A total of eight hundred fifty-five students of entrepreneurship and business-related courses from twenty-seven colleges and universities convened at the Provincial Gymnasium in Trece Martires City on September 24, 2019 to take part in Cavite Entrepreneurship Student Conference (CESC) 2019 with the theme, “Entrepreneurial Mindset: Building Future Entrepreneurs”. The event provided opportunities for the young learners to enhance their knowledge and skills from the useful insights of successful entrepreneurs that will help them in starting and managing a business.

OIC of Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) Atty. Khervy B. Reyes warmly welcomed everyone and imparted some bright ideas like turning their skills and talents into income to earn their first one million. “To become a millionaire is to become an entrepreneur”, he said. PCLEDO Entrepreneurial Division Head Ms. Liza C. Gabatan delivered the overview of CESC forum and asked for their full cooperation.

Meanwhile, Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla graced the program and shared updates on welcoming year 2020 with the installation of free WIFI connection available in all parts of the province believing that it can help students to gain business information, meet connections, develop and sell their products and services. He also mentioned that about 60 million passengers are expected to come in and out of the province every year after the construction of the International Airport in Sangley Point, Cavite City which will provide business and job opportunities to Caviteños.

Likewise, Department of Trade and Industry- CALABARZON Regional Director Marilou G. Quinco-Toledo emphasized in her message the positive impact of proper application of 7 Ms of Entrepreneurship which stands for Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Market, Machinery, Money and Business Model to attain entrepreneurial success and inclusive economic growth. She encouraged the partakers to put up their own business and guaranteed them of the department’s assistance all throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

In order to prepare and guide aspirants in taking their entrepreneurial path, Chief Executive Officer and President of VCargo Worldwide, author and EntrepChamp, Mr. Paulo M. Tibig, who served as the guest speaker, elaborated the topic on “The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Building Future Entrepreneurs”. During his talk, he pointed out the Filipino mentality which should not be followed – the “Ningas Cogon”, considering it as the hindrance of all hindrances. Mr. Tibig that in order to succeed, everything should be managed well. He ended up his discussion quoting, “Mahirap maging mahirap lalo na kung wala kang gagawin para umahon sa hirap”.

Also part of the program was the forum wherein participants had great interactions with successful Caviteño entrepreneurs. Panelists were Owner of Aqua 4A & Reclusado Marketing Mr. Allan Reclusado, Owner of RGER Services Ms. Greziel Baylosis, Owner of Precious Knowledge Training Center Ms. Angelina San Pedro and Owner of Mayumi Organics Ms. Angelica U. Chongco who all shared insights on how to provide quality services, how they handled competitors and how to generate new ideas to meet the needs of the market.

Highlight of the event are the ENTREP Pop Quiz won by Ms. Christy Aguirre of Cavite State University (CVSU)-Trece, Mr. Louie John Gragas of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)- Maragondon and Mr. Rainier Tatad of Western Colleges, and the Search for the Most Promising Product. Abioza Feeds of St. Dominic College of Asia was hailed as the overall champion followed by La Verdura Pasta (Vegetable Pasta) of PUP-Maragondon and The Project Bamboo of CVSU- Bacoor who got the 1st and 2nd place, respectively.

In closing, Fifth District Board Member Atty. Alston Kevin Anarna, Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Trade and Industry, reminded the students that schools and courses will not define the future but rather having a strong determination will drive them more in reaching their goal. And to motivate them more, he gave away a surprise cash incentive to be used for starting up a business which was received by Ms. Liza Mie Busante of CVSU- Trece and Ms. Charisma Lomat of LPU- Cavite.

The whole day event was made possible through the combined efforts of PCLEDO and Cavite Young Leaders for Entrepreneurship (CYLE).