By The Manila Times
SENIOR High School entrepreneurs were recognized by the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) for their entrepreneurial prowess and business acumen in the RCBC Diskartechpreneur Awarding Ceremony held last July 4, 2023, at the RCBC Collaboration Hub, AT Yuchengco Centre, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Calamba Bayside Integrated High School’s “Empanada ni Pepe” and Panghulo National High School’s online cleaning service “Spotless” emerged as grand winners in Region 4A and National Capital Region (NCR), respectively. “Empanada ni Pepe” recorded P291,332 in sales, while “Spotless” achieved P106,680 from just P5,000 initial capital in a couple of weeks. Both winners received P50,000 each in seed funding as capital for business expansion and mobile phones for each student and their faculty advisor.
The other winners from NCR are 4th runner up “Fiesta Kutsinta” from Malabon City TechVoc and Entrepreneurship Senior High School, 3rd runner up “Pitaca de Papel” from Las Pinas National High School, 2nd runner up “Kinaiya” from Malabon National High School, and 1st runner up “Fav Cha” from Batasan Hills National High School.
Region 4A winners are 4th runner up “Tala Student Planner” from Santiago Integrated National High School, 3rd runner up “Fried Sushi-Plant” from STI College Batangas, 2nd runner up “One Bite” from Francisco E. Barzaga Integrated High School, and 1st runner up “TamissNaKita” from Francisco E. Barzaga Integrated High School.
The 3rd and 4th runners up received P5,000, while the 2nd and 1st runners up received P10,000 and P15,000 in cash prizes, respectively.
Students were immersed in a transformative real-life experience as part of the Madiskarteng Pilipino – Aralin sa Madiskarteng Pananalapi senior high school module, a collaboration between RCBC and DepEd, that aims to equip the next generation of entrepreneurs with essential financial skills and practical business knowledge. The finalists were judged according to their business proposal, performance during the live selling of their products via Kumu, actual sales of their products and services, and DiskarTech transactions made. All young entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to be mentored by top industry experts from the national government, private sector, and start-up sector namely Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Mary Jean Pacheco, RestartMe Inc. Independent Consultant Chairman Tess Espenilla, Hapinoy President Mark Ruiz, Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner Atty. Kelvin Lester Lee, and ABS-CBN News and DZMM financial literacy advocate and news anchor Salve Duplito.
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