Donate Volunteer

What is your role or relationship with CESO?
I am one of the local partners in the Philippines.

How long have you been working or volunteering with CESO?
On behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry, I’ve been working with CESO for over ten years.

What motivates you to work or volunteer with CESO?
CESO provides services that match the needs of the Department of Trade and Industry IV-A and the small and medium enterprise (SME) clients.

What is your most remarkable experience or memory of CESO?
CESO helped DTI IV-A come up with the Building Entrepreneurs through Advisory and Mentoring Services (BEAMS). BEAMS is a mentoring service lodged in DTI’s Negosyo Centers, focused on helping shared service facilities co-operatives and SMEs improve business operations and increase productivity.

Economic development is important because…
It creates wealth for a nation. Not only that, DTI is focused on increasing the country’s economy by promoting SMEs. DTI’s vision for the next five years is a more inclusive and prosperous Philippines with employment and income opportunities for all. DTI’s three breakthrough goals are:

  1. Scale up selected globally competitive industries to be world market leaders
  2. Grow innovative and competitive MSMEs with strong brands that contribute significantly to national economy
  3. Heighten consumer vigilance for quality and safe products and services from responsible suppliers

What advice would you give other Volunteer Advisors?
Volunteer Advisors should have culture and language sensitivity at the local level, especially towards DTI clients. The language barrier was a problem a first, but once it was overcome, the teaching and mentoring were more impactful.

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