TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues to reach out and assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) throughout the country through its Negosyo Centers (NCs), now totaling to 252 to already include 40 centers that were simultaneously launched in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino and Batanes recently.
Of the 40 Negosyo Centers launched in Region 2, 16 were established in Cagayan, 13 in Isabela, six in Nueva Vizcaya, three in Quirino and two in Batanes, said DTI R2 information officer Manilyn Ponce.
Atty. Ma. Esperanza C. Bañares, DTI-2 regional director said that the presence of the 40 additional Negosyo Centers in the region will bring in more business opportunities to communities and MSMEs and contribute in the rapid development of various municipalities in the region.
The presence of the Negosyo Center in each municipality and province aims to provide better and more efficient services to MSMEs, Bañares said.
As of June 30, there are 252 Negosyo Centers nationwide since its inception in 2014. Of the total number 162 are located in Luzon, while 46 and 44 centers are located in Visayas and Mindanao, respectively, Bañares added.
With the Negosyo Centers, the DTI has assisted 178,681 existing or new entrepreneurs and 61,678 potential entrepreneurs, Banares said.
The DTI has already established 103 Negosyo Centers in the first half of 2016 after setting a 150 target Negosyo Centers by end of the year, the director added.
Ponce said that the establishment of the centers is mandated under Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act.It seeks to help MSMEs promote ease of doing business by facilitating access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, shared service facilities (SSF) and other equipment; provide support for MSMEs through national government agencies (NGAs), ensure management guidance, assistance and improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs and facilitate market access and linkaging services for entrepreneurs. PNA/northboundasia.com