DTI triples num­ber of Negosyo Cen­ters na­tion­wide to 448

Sun.Star Pampanga - - BUSINESS! - BY ERIKA MARIEL B. GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

In 2016, DTI hit al­most 200 per­cent of the 150 tar­get with 298 Negosyo Cen­ters built. Ma­jor­ity of the Cen­ters launched last year cov­ered the pe­riod July to De­cem­ber 2016 un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, with 197 cen­ters launched.

DTI also sur­passed its set targets for the es­tab­lish­ment of Negosyo Cen­ters for two con­sec­u­tive years. In 2015, DTI es­tab­lished 144 Cen­ters, ex­ceed­ing the 100 tar­get.

Through Negosyo Cen­ters, DTI as­sisted a to­tal of 491,314 clients na­tion­wide and con­ducted over 6,000 sem­i­nars for MSMEs and aspir­ing en­trepreneurs. Negosyo Cen­ters also cre­ated over 41,000 MSMEs. There were 213,092 clients served from July to Novem­ber 201 alone.

“An en­tre­pre­neur­ial na­tion is what will give the Philip­pines a good chance to­wards eco­nomic pros­per­ity. Negosyo Cen­ters are peo­ple’s part­ners to­wards in­clu­sive growth.

This is part of the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship among or­di­nary Filipinos,” said DTI Sec­re­tary Ramon Lopez.

As in­fra­struc­tures of en­trepreneur­ship, Negosyo Cen­ters pro­vide ef­fi­cient ser­vices to MSMEs across the ar­chi­pel­ago, in­clud­ing through pro­vi­sion of busi­ness men­tor­ing ser­vices, in­for­ma­tion on mar­ket and ac­cess to money. These Cen­ters are ex­pected to bring in busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mu­ni­ties and MSMEs and con­trib­ute to coun­try­side de­vel­op­ment.

MSMEs, back­bone of the Philip­pine eco­nomic growth, have be­come a pri­or­ity of Pres­i­dent Duterte, with the DTI plac­ing the sec­tor’s de­vel­op­ment at the cen­ter of the trade agenda.

The sec­tor is com­posed of 99.6% of lo­cally reg­is­tered busi­nesses, gen­er­at­ing over one mil­lion jobs each year.

The launch­ing of Negosyo Cen­ters are in line with Repub­lic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act which aims to help MSMEs, pro­mote ease of do­ing busi­ness, fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to grants and other forms of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to MSMEs and pro­vide ac­cess to Shared Ser­vice Fa­cil­i­ties (SSF) and other equip­ment.

Prin­ci­pally au­thored by Se­na­tor Bam Aquino, RA 10644 also in­di­cates sup­port for MSMEs through na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies (NGAs), eas­ier busi­ness regis­tra­tion, pro­vi­sion of man­age­ment guid­ance, im­proved work­ing con­di­tions, and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of mar­ket ac­cess and link­age ser­vices for en­trepreneurs.

A spe­cial lane has been opened for Over­seas Filipino Work­ers (OFWs) at Negosyo Cen­ters. In essence, these lanes pro­vide OFWs and their fam­i­lies op­tions to ei­ther pur­sue busi­ness and stay in the coun­try for good or con­tinue work­ing abroad and en­trust busi­ness to their fam­i­lies and re­lat i ves.

One of the suc­cess sto­ries is the for­mer OFW cou­ple who, in an anec­dote shared by Se­na­tor Aquino, an OFW fam­ily went to a Negosyo Cen­ter in Iloilo City to ex­plore pos­si­ble gov­ern­ment sup­port it could get in rolling out a busi­ness.

Com­plet­ing the ini­tial regis­tra­tion, the OFW fam­ily was pro­vided train­ing needed to start a small pas­try shop. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of an OFW fa­cil­ity of­fered by a lo­cal bank, the fam­ily ex­panded its bakeshop by pur­chas­ing more equip­ment.

With such im­prove­ments, the fam­ily’s lo­cal pas­try shop has now be­come one of the sup­pli­ers of cup­cakes served in Filipino cof­fee shops and re­tail out­lets.

Sec­re­tary Lopez called on OFWs to in­vest back in the coun­try as de­mand for work abroad may not be an all-time high. He said that OFWs may ex­plore idea-based, de­mand-driven and in­no­va­tion­led busi­ness and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties at home in the in­dus­tries of food, fran­chis­ing, agri­cul­ture and ser­vices.

“OFWs’ dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of be­ing hard­work­ing is the same el­e­ment that will lead them to bet­ter qual­ity of life,” he said.

Con­trib­uted Photo

Less than a hun­dred Olive Ri­d­ley baby sea tur­tles (Lepi­dochelys Oli­vacea) raced to­wards the waves af­ter they were re­leased at the All Hands Beach, Su­bic, Olon­gapo City last Jan­uary 4. Since the pro­gram be­gan, All Hands Beach has re­leased about 3, 483 hatch­lings to their nat­u­ral habi­tats. Guests, young and old alike, par­tic­i­pated in the event to­gether with of­fi­cials of the Su­bic Bay Metropoli­tan Author­ity (SBMA), the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) and the Olon­gapo City Gov­ern­ment. Aside from the said ini­tia­tive, All Hands Beach has also re­cently part­nered with Sangka­likasan, an en­vi­ron­men­tal group, to re­store dam­aged corals in the coun­try. -

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