SERDEF conducts TREE program in Camarines Norte State College

The Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF) brought the Training for Entrepreneurship Educators (TREE) program to the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) in Daet, Camarines Norte last August. This is the seventh TREE program that SERDEF has conducted.

The Memorandum Agreement(MOA) between CNSC President Dr. Rusty G. Abanto and SERDEF President Paterno V. Viloria, Ph.D., as represented by Board of Trustee Melchor C. Morandarte, was signed on August 7, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the CNSC Facebook page)

The TREE program is designed to address the need for increasing and updating knowledge on entrepreneurship, and develop skills and competency to share such knowledge. It is intended for faculty members, trainers, administrators and staff of Higher Education Institutions offering entrepreneurship and/or business administration courses, as well as teachers in Grades 11 & 12 of the K-12 education program.

A Memorandum of Agreement for the TREE program was signed on August 7, 2018 by CNSC President Dr. Rusty G. Abanto and SERDEF President, Paterno V. Viloria, Ph.D. as represented by SERDEF Board of Trustees Melchor C. Morandarte. CNSC, in its Facebook page, said the partnership aims “to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise culture in the Philippines through advocacy, training and provision of extension services for micro, small and medium enterprise sector.”

The TREE program was held at the CNSC in Daet, Camarines Norte from August 29 to 31, 2018. Entrepreneurship educators from nine colleges and universities participated in the training, namely, Ateneo de Naga University, CNSC, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture in Camarines Sur, Bicol University in Legazpi City, Divine Word College of Legazpi, Partido State University in Goa, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon State College, and University of Nueva Caceres.

Topics discussed during the three-day program in CNSC included the following: role of entrepreneurship in economic development; characteristics and competencies of the entrepreneur; global trends and challenges in entrepreneurship and business education; CHED Memorandum Orders (CMOs) relating to business administration and entrepreneurship courses; mainstreaming entrepreneurship in Grades 11 & 12; how to start and run a small business; and effective teaching models for entrepreneurship in higher education. Sessions were also dedicated to micro-teaching—introduction, preparation, presentation and evaluation.

Resource persons for the TREE in CNSC were Ms. Serenidad Lavador, SERDEF Trustee; Prof. Melchor Morandarte, SERDEF Trustee & Program Chair, Entrepreneurship Department of Malayan Colleges in Laguna; and Prof. Daryl Petas, Program Chair, B.S. Entrepreneurship, Institute of Agribusiness & Development, CNSC Entienza Campus.

SERDEF will conduct the 8th TREE Program on November 14-16, 2018 at E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, please contact Ms. Cathy Ruflo (632) 355-5529 or Ms. Clarita Esteban at [email protected]; or email [email protected].