GAD Office Conducts Women Entrepreneurs Business Forum

One of the University’s mandates is to strengthen its Gender and Development (GAD) – related activities. These include empowering women through implementing various programs that will help eradicate barriers to success.

In support for Women’s Month and BatStateU’s 17th Charter Week Celebration, the University’s GAD Office organized a business forum for Women Entrepreneurs on the 23th day of March held at the Amphitheater, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.

The event kicked off with an inspirational message from the BatStateU President, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo thanking the GAD Office headed by its Asst. Director, Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez for the conduct of such relevant activity. He highlighted the achievements of women business owners and shared the impacts of women in the society, enriching significant and fresh ideas into the world of business.

With students and faculty members as participants, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Batangas’ OIC Provincial Director Marissa C. Argente served as the keynote speaker during the event. She introduced entrepreneurship and taught everyone on how to create the perfect mind-set when starting a business. Moreover, she tackled DTI’s 7Ms, a way of uplifting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which include (1) Mindset Change, (2) Mastery, (3) Mentoring, (4) Money, (5) Machine, (6) Market Access, and (7) Models of Negosyo (Business).

After the discussion from Ms. Argente, the panelists namely: Ms. Ditas Aguado-Rivera, Business Permits and Licensing Officer of Batangas, Ms. Tara Denisse Perez-Cleofe, owner of Café de Alps at Ciudad Balagtas and Caltex Station Lipa City, and Ms. Disayrey D. Sayat, owner of Dzayrable Skincare all gave motivational insights, tips and shared some of their unforgettable experiences on their entrepreneurial activities.

For legalization of businesses, Ms. Rivera presented Batangas City’s Streamlined Business Registration Process which highlighted its policies and developments. Meanwhile, Ms. Cleofe shared her inspirational message wherein she emphasized that women are capable of doing extraordinary deeds that will bring positive results to the society.

Moreover, Ms. Sayat stressed the meaning of success which is being able to inspire and motivate people to dream bigger and to empower them that every person is capable of being the best version of his/her self. She also expressed, “Dreams do not have limits.” In addition she uttered, “Do not rush, do not compare, remember that the only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.”

To make the event more lively, Dr. Vanessah V. Castillo, Director for Public Relations facilitated the panel session. Students and instructors were able to engage in the said activity by asking questions related to entrepreneurship.

After the forum, a community salu-salo (dinner) was also held for the BatStateU community with some invited guests to celebrate the success of the week-long celebration of the University’s 17th Charter Anniversary. The dinner took place in front of the Tower of Wisdom, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.