DTI-NEGOCC reg­is­ters 12,536 en­ter­prises in 2018

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has reg­is­tered 12,536 busi­ness in the prov­ince last year, al­most 17 per­cent higher than 10,706 in 2017.

Data ob­tained by Sunstar Ba­colod from Dti-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal showed that of the to­tal num­ber of reg­is­tered busi­nesses, 10,894 are new while the re­main­ing 1,642 are for re­newals.

In 2016, the agency reg­is­tered 7,562 en­ter­prises. Thus, the in­crease in 2017 was pegged at 41 per­cent, it added.

Engiemar Tu­pas, se­nior trade and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist of Dti-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, said the in­crease in busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion is again mainly at­trib­uted to the es­tab­lish­ment of Negosyo Cen­ters in the prov­ince.

Aside from de­liv­er­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions to lo­cal mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises (MSMES), the fa­cil­i­ties are also pro­vid­ing busi­ness name reg­is­tra­tion ser­vices.

In Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, 23 Negosyo Cen­ters have been es­tab­lished since 2015.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous years, en­ter­prises in some lo­cal­i­ties out­side Ba­colod City no longer need to process their busi­ness name reg­is­tra­tion at the lat­ter.

They can al­ready do it through the Negosyo Cen­ters near­est them, Tu­pas said.

“Negosyo Cen­ters have en­abled the agency to bring its ser­vices closer to the peo­ple es­pe­cially among MSMES,” he added.

The es­tab­lish­ment of Negosyo Cen­ters is pro­vided un­der the Repub­lic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act.

Aside from ac­cept­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing busi­ness name reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions, it pro­vides MSMES the ease of do­ing busi­ness and fa­cil­i­tates ac­cess to grants and other forms of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, and shared ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties (SSF), among oth­ers.

The law also aims to en­sure man­age­ment guid­ance, as­sis­tance, and im­prove­ment of the work­ing con­di­tions of en­ter­prises, and fa­cil­i­tate mar­ket ac­cess and link­age ser­vices for en­trepreneurs.

It can be re­called that in 2014, the DTI im­ple­mented the stream­lin­ing of Busi­ness Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Sys­tem (BPLS).

This was man­dated un­der the 2013 joint ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der of the DTI and Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), re­quir­ing all en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles to reg­is­ter.

Since busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion is re­new­able ev­ery five years, Dti-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal pro­jected a re­duc­tion in reg­is­tra­tion un­til 2017.

But the prov­ince’s grow­ing econ­omy and its busi­ness-en­abling en­vi­ron­ment are driv­ing up the cre­ation of more en­ter­prises, Tu­pas said.

Tu­pas ear­lier said the econ­omy is re­ally do­ing good as man­i­fested in many de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion boom.

“In ef­fect, more en­ter­prises re­sult to gen­er­a­tion of more em­ploy­ment in the prov­ince,” he re­it­er­ated.

For 2018, Dti-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal again noted the big­ger vol­ume of reg­is­trants dur­ing the first quar­ter of the year.

The DTI of­fi­cial ex­plained that most busi­nesses were pro­cess­ing their re­newals, es­pe­cially in Jan­uary.

In terms of re­quire­ments, reg­is­trants are re­quired to bring only pho­to­copies of their valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards.

The same rate ap­plies for reg­is­tra­tion fee. The DTI col­lects P215 from busi­nesses within the barangays and P515 for those in cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The fee is P1,015 for re­gional busi­nesses, and P2,015 for those na­tional in scope, Tu­pas said.

Reg­is­trants are urged to reg­is­ter first with the DTI be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue and lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit in pro­cess­ing their mayor’s per­mit,” he added.*

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