The Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental has installed 16 Negosyo centers out of the 32 towns and cities of the province since its implementation from 2015 to 2017 and it hopes to add more this year.
Provincial director Lea Gonzales said yesterday that in two years of building Negosyo centers, 16 towns and cities have already availed of the program to help micro, small, and medium enterprises to have easier access to registering their business names.
This year, the DTI provincial office initially targeted to add four more Negosyo centers, prioritizing cities that do not have it, she said.
These are the cities of Talisay, Silay, Cadiz, and Escalante.
Last year, DTI managed to put up eight Negosyo centers with Isabela town as the latest in the last quarter of 2017.
Negosyo centers are covered by Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, when it was enacted in 2014. The first Negosyo center in the province was in Sagay City that was set up in 2015.
The law states that Negosyo centers will be responsible for promoting ease of doing business by facilitating services to MSMEs, like business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information and advocacy, and others, assigned by the local MSME development council.
Gonzales said the target number of Negosyo centers to be put up this year will depend on the budget for the program as it is not part of the general fund of DTI, but needs a ‘Congressional insertion' to have a budget allocated for it.
In 2017, the putting up of Negosyo centers in the province had P2 million as budget for implementation, and Gonzales added that they hope to have more allocated for the program this year, to immediately cover all interested LGUs.
DTI is aiming to cover all towns and cities in the country, provided they meet the necessary requirements and have the facilities.
Gonzales also said that DTI last year registered about 10,000 business names in their provincial office and this was boosted through the help of Negosyo centers in nearby towns and cities. *MLG
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