DTI, local govt to launch New Negosyo Center in Camiguin

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negosyo_centerMAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 3 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Office, in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mambajao is set to establish a “Negosyo Center” in the province this coming June 2015.

The Local Government Unit of Mambajao has already agreed to accommodate the establishment of a Negosyo Center in the province of Camiguin.

Construction and renovation of the office space and a training center component of the Negosyo Center are identified to be housed at the new municipal building of LGU Mambajao which will start very soon.

Launching and start of operation of the Negosyo Center is targeted on the last week of June 2015.

This is the first Negosyo Center to be established in the province.

Republic Act 10644 otherwise known as “Go Negosyo Act”, seeks to establish Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide through public-private partnership.

Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop that promotes ease of doing business and facilitates access to services for the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within its jurisdiction. It is proactive, client friendly, and more services made available to MSMEs.

The Go Negosyo Centers would have the following functions: business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information and advocacy and monitoring and evaluation of business processes for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The facilities would be linked to the Philippine Business Registry System (PBRS) to make it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to start and register their businesses at the local level.

The PBRS is a government project that integrates the services of all agencies involved in business registration, such as the DTI, Securities and Exchange Commission, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and other permit and license-issuing agencies to facilitate registration.

Aside from making business registration easier, the Go Negosyo Centers would provide other services to MSMEs such as technology transfer, production and management training programs as well as marketing assistance from the DTI, Department of Science and Technology, University of the Philippines – Institute for Small-Scale Industries, Cooperative Development Authority, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other agencies concerned.

The Go Negosyo Centers are expected to promote and support the growth of MSMEs.

The DTI is pushing for the development of MSMEs as these businesses are seen to contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Out of the country’s total registered businesses, the bulk or more than 90 percent are MSMEs.

The Municipal Government of Mambajao has continually improve its enabling environment to foster MSME development by way of making reforms in their business permits and licensing system through an efficient Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS) with the goals to increase the number of registered businesses, creation of employment in the locality, a much friendlier front line service personnel and an encouraging show of confidence from the business owners and investors on LGU services. (Zita M. Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIA-Camiguin INet)

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