DTI to put up ‘NegoCenters’ in all provinces, cities, towns PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:48

To help micro small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in doing business and to ease their access to services, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be establishing “NegoCenters” in all provinces, municipalities and cities starting this year.

According to DTI-9 Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain, the DTI with the support of other government agencies, the local government units and the private sector will establish these “Negosyo Centers” in all of the region’s 67 municipalities and five cities, as mandated by Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act authored by Senator Bam Aquino, and which was signed into law last year.

“For 2015, we will start with the five cities to be followed by the municipalities, and at the end of five years, we will have Negocenters in all towns in the region,” Jain said. Each Negocenter has a budget of P1 million.

In Zamboanga City, the date set for the launching of the Negocenter is on July 30, during the ZamPen MSME Conference. “We are expecting Senator Bam Aquino to be here during the launching,” she added.

The Go Negosyo Act, which is the enabling law for the establishment of the NegoCenters aims to foster national development, promote inclusive growth, and reduce poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSMEs that facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the country.

The NegoCenters shall be manned by the local micro small and medium enterprises development council chaired by the DTI. The council shall perform oversight functions and assign personnel to the NegoCenters.

Its main functions include business registration assistance, business advisory services, information and advocacy and monitoring and evaluation of the services for the MSMEs. — FPG/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City