San Fernando City, La Union- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 1 has launched anew six Negosyo Centers (NC) as part of its commitment to ease doing business and help MSMEs in the region.
Provincial Director Peter O. Mangabat spearheaded the launching of DTI Pangasinan’s 4th and 5th Negosyo Centers located at the province’s capitol town, Lingayen and at the Municipality of Mangaldan last June 27, 2016.
DTI La Union headed by Provincial Director Daria R. Mingaracal launched the province’s 4th Negosyo Center at the Municipality of Bacnotan on June 28, 2016.
Additional two Negosyo Centers for the province of Ilocos Norte were also launched. DTI Provincial Director Benjamin M. Garcia led the launching program last June 28 and 29, 2016 at the Municipalities of San Nicolas and Dingras.
Meanwhile, DTI Ilocos Sur headed by Provincial Director Grace R. Lapastora opened the province’s 4th Negosyo Center at the Municipality of Sta Lucia. Thereafter a BuB check worth Php500,000 was turned over to LGU Sugpon and packaging and labeling materials were awarded to Narvacan Food Processors Association, Tirad Pass Food Processors Association and Metro Luba Coconut Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
To date, there are already 18 Negosyo Centers in the region. Four more Negosyo Centers are targeted to be launched in the region this year.
The enactment of Republic Act No. 10644, also known as the Go Negosyo Act, fortified the policy of the State to foster national development, promote inclusive growth and reduce poverty by encouraging the development of MSMEs. This law provides for the establishment of Negosyo Centers under the supervision of the MSME Development Council, which shall encourage public-private partnerships in the establishment and management of said centers.
According to Regional Director Florante O. Leal, one of the goals of the Negosyo Center is to bring national government services closer to the people. Aside from the “Ease in Doing Business”, Negosyo Centers aim to encourage would-be entrepreneurs to start their business and thereby create employment opportunities.
“The Negosyo Centers will help us identify business opportunities. We in DTI, commit our programs and services to bring the economic status of Region 1 to where it ought to be and claim its rightful place in the economic society” he added.
As the core of DTI’s thrust towards promoting MSME growth and development, Negosyo Centers will be established in every province, city and municipality nationwide. The target number of Negosyo Centers to be instituted nationwide by 2016 is 302.
The Negosyo Centers will provide the following basic services: business registration assistance; business advisory services; business information and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation of business-process improvement. (From the report of Joyce Segui-IO)