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UPVTC students are promising millennials in entrepreneurship

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Two students from the Division of Management of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) were named among the five promising millennials in the field of entrepreneurship the by non-profit organization Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, more popularly known as Go Negosyo (http://www.gonegosyo.net/blog/featured-entrepreneur/5-promising-millennials-in-the-field-of-entrepreneurship/).

Senior B.S. Management students Mariel May Obregon and Michael Earl Castroverde made it to the list of promising millennial entrepreneurs following the implementation of their respective business ideas in 2015.

Obregon was chosen for establishing AgriBlock Builders, a company that builds hollow blocks made of rice hulls that are five times stronger than commercial hollow blocks.

“AgriBlocks are also cheaper and lighter. Not only does AgriBlock Builders solve the problem on supply and demand, it also reduces agri-waste in Eastern Visayas; thus, living up to its motto: Helping Nature. Building Homes,” said Go Negosyo in recognizing Obregon.

Castroverde, meanwhile, was awarded for founding Brain Camp, a study lounge aimed to provide conducive learning spaces for students in Tacloban City.

“Brain Camp is designed to provide students with an affordable and accessible overnight studying area to facilitate optimum lesson absorption complete with the basic student needs like internet, food, printer, and a photocopying machine,” said Go Negosyo.

Joining the two in the list of promising millenials in the field of entrepreneurship are Andrew Cabillas of North Central Mindanao Colleges, Raphaelo Perez of De La Salle University, and Pamela Mejia of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The promising millennials were chosen among the area winners and finalists of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), a developmental workshop for young Filipino entrepreneurs organized by the United States Embassy Manila, in partnership with Go Negosyo, held in Manila, Iloilo, Batangas, and Zamboanga.

Training, networking, and mentorship opportunities were given to enable the participants to hone their business development skills. Each workshop included a business innovation plan competition where the winners were given cash prizes to serve as seed capital for their business ventures.

Obregon and Castroverde, along with fellow UPVTC B.S. Management senior Nayza Trayco were among the Top 5 finalists in the “Business Idea” category of the Visayas leg of the YEDW held at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City on August 26-28.

As the winner for the said category, Obregon received a cash prize of P10,000, which enabled her to implement the AgriBlocks project.

Moreover, an alumna of the UPVTC B.S. Management program also won in the “Existing Business” category of the Manila leg of YEDW held at St Giles Hotel, Makati on July 8-10.

Flora Mae Sañosa, a graduate of UPVTC’s Class of 2015, received P30,000 in cash prize for her business, FDIC Broilers, which distributes broiler chickens to their community.

“Basically, we want to provide the people in our town with fresh chicken meat… I also want to promote agri-entrepreneurship for our town/province to be sustainable in terms of agricultural production. Right now, we are going organic because it is not just for healthy living, it is also cost-efficient,” said Sañosa about FDIC Broilers.

Sañosa also took part in the Grand Culminating Activity of the YEDW on December 9-11 at the Heritage Hotel Manila, finishing in the Top 12 finalists along with Obregon and Castroverde. Helen Kaye Layco, an alumna of New Era University from the YEDW Mindanao leg and Rachel De Villa, an alumna of the University of the Philippines Diliman from the YEDW Manila leg each won the grand prize of P100,000 for the "Existing Business" and "Business Idea" categories, respectively.

Prof. Arvin De Veyra, Chairperson of the UPVTC Division of Management, lauded Sañosa, Obregon, Castroverde, and Trayco for their achievements.

Prof. Richard Cagara and Prof. Flordeliz Dacuyan, mentors and advisers of the four, said the recognition is proof the Division’s continued commitment to hone and develop the skills of its students to enable them to contribute to nation and community building. 

UPVTC recently revised its B.S. Management program to further enhance knowledge formation among students and focus on addressing the entrepreneurial needs of the Eastern Visayas region.

De Veyra said the Division will remain steadfast in its mission to produce graduates who will be at the forefront of leading this country in the future.

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