The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) intends to open 143 Negosyo Centers across the country by the end of this year, in line with the trade agency’s aim to support and cater to the needs of local enterprises.
Recently, the DTI opened its 156th Negosyo Center, located at the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. and Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV led the opening.
“Negosyo Centers are excellent channels to connect with entrepreneurs, to provide them with assistance, and to ensure that micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) benefit from government trade policymaking and execution,” Cristobal said.
“This new location at the Lucky Chinatown Mall is a very creative way of reaching out to MSMEs,” he added.
In a statement, the DTI said it is targeting an additional 143 Negosyo Centers this year.
Negosyo Center is one of DTI’s major programs to reach out to MSMEs and boost their capabilities. It serves as a one-stop shop for aspiring entrepreneurs, providing them with information on how to set up an MSME.
Among the services and assistance being offered in Negosyo Centers are business name registration, business advisory, and business information and advocacy, as well as schedules for trainings and consultations.
“The DTI has found a passionate ally in Senator Bam Aquino. The Negosyo Center is the result of a first-rate partnership between the legislative and the executive branches of government,” Cristobal said.
The Go Negosyo Act under the Republic Act No. 10644 was authored by Senator Bam Aquino, which paved the way for the Negosyo Centers.
Other than the two representatives, other officials present in the opening were DTI Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, DTI-National Capital Region Office Director Emma Asusano, Megaworld Corp. First Vice President and Commercial Division Head Kevin Tan, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Manila Chapter president Erwin Malaya, and Fortune Mayuga of the City of Manila.