THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched 203 Negosyo Centers (NC) nationwide this year, surpassing the target of 150 centers that it set earlier, bringing the total of NCs to 403.
DTI Regional Operations Group Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said on Tuesday that the launch of these Negosyo Centers is in line with Republic Act (RA) 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act.
Maglaya said that MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) or entrepreneurs can visit these centers to access information, register their business name, get access to financing, gain access to markets and training programs.
“We are proud that we have established more Negosyo Centers, more than what we have expected to establish. We did not expect to surpass our target of 150 centers for 2016 but we did to support the growth of MSMEs in the country,” Maglaya said, adding that the Centers will help in achieving job generation and inclusive growth.
RA 10644 aims to help MSMEs, promote ease of doing business, facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, Shared Service Facilities (SSF) and other equipment, as well as other support mechanisms for MSMEs through national government agencies (NGAs), ensure management guidance, assistance and improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs; and facilitate market access and linkages of services for entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, the DTI-National Capital Regional Office on Tuesday launched eight Negosyo Centers in the metropolis, and the first Negosyo Center in Malabon at the Malabon City Hall Annex Building on F. Sevilla Boulevard, San Agustin, Malabon City.
The Negosyo Center in cities, municipalities and provinces aims to provide better access to and more efficient services to MSMEs.