THE country’s leading telecommunications service provider has tied up with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to more than a hundred Negosyo Centers nationwide in a bid to help small entrepreneurs start their businesses and access more opportunities for expansion.
Through a joint project between Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.’s small and medium enterprises (SME) arm PLDT Smart SME Nation and DTI, the 131 existing DTI Negosyo Centers will soon have Smart Wi-Fi connectivity for all their guests and will be fitted with a video monitoring security solution as part of technical support.
Under the collaboration, SMEs can also participate in community trainings, specialized talks and digital trainings organized by PLDT Smart SME Nation and DTI throughout the year.
Eric Alberto, PLDT and Smart EVP and head of enterprise, International and Carrier Business, said the initiative aims to enable MSMEs to achieve robust growth.
“We have always been one with our partners in promoting entrepreneurial empowerment among Filipinos. With this Negosyo Center collaboration, PLDT Smart SME Nation can further help local entrepreneurs get started, grow, and contribute to the economic progress for our country,” Alberto said.
Jerry Clavesillas, director of DTI’s Bureau of SME Development, underscored the importance of providing fast service to MSMEs through online transactions and access to information and welcomed PLDT Smart SME Nation’s assistance in providing Wi-Fi connectivity to the Negosyo Centers.
The Negosyo Centers make it easier for entrepreneurs to get started with their business by centralizing business registration, business advisory and information services, and networking opportunities inside one facility. The centers also offer seminars and training, marketing linkages, links to financing support, and monitoring and evaluation for its members.
Republic Act No. 10644, otherwise known as the Go Negosyo Act, mandates the establishment of these Negosyo Centers to enable MSMEs to grow and create more job opportunities and foster economic growth. The centers highlight the importance of SMEs, which are now the focal point of the country’s inclusive growth.
There are currently more than a hundred Negosyo Centers catering to 35,000 entrepreneurs and serving daily business registrants and the DTI aims to increase this number to 150 by next year.