Friday, July 3, 2015

DTI opens 2 Negosyo Centers in Camarines Norte
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, July 1 (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has opened two Negosyo Centers in Camarines Norte which are now ready to serve all micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and prospective entrepreneurs in the entire province.

DTI-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said MSMEs can now enjoy access to financing, business advisory services, capability building, access to market, and other support services.

The business centers were launched on Wednesday last week with Sen. Bam Aquino, author of Republic Act (RA) 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, gracing the event.

The one launched in Daet is the first LGU-based Negosyo Center ever established in the entire country and the other one in the DTI-Camarines Norte Provincial Office is the first DTI-based Negosyo Center in the region.

Also present during the launch were Director Jerry Clavecillas of the DTI Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development – Regional Operations Group, Blanco, all the DTI provincial directors in the region, other stakeholders and MSME operators.

Aquino said the opening of Negosyo Centers will boost the development of MSMEs by providing a unified and simplified business registration process, thus, helping ease doing business and fast-track government processes in putting up a business in the province.

During the Negosyo Center launch at the DTI-Camarines Norte Provincial Office, Small Business (SB) Corporation regional head, Edna Diez, awarded a loan grant of Php1 million to Agustin E. San Andres Jr., owner/proprietor of a meat processing firm.

The Go Negosyo Act provides for the establishment of Negosyo Centers in provinces, cities, and municipalities in the country.

As mandated by RA 10664, Aquino expects around 100 Negosyo Centers to be established in the different parts of the country within the year.

“With DTI’s help, I hope we can reach or even exceed our target,” he said.(PNA) CTB/FGS/CBD/