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is ex­pected to boost busi­ness in the re­gion, es­pe­cially near the Clark Freeport area.

She said the DTI also expects a rise in the num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments this year as the con­struc­tion in­dus­try is ex­pected to con­tinue to grow.

This at­tests to lat­est data from the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA) stat­ing that the Whole­sale and Re­tail Trade re­mains the dom­i­nant cat­e­gory among the num­ber of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in Cen­tral Lu­zon.

Based on PSA’s lat­est data on List of Es­tab­lish­ments, Cen­tral Lu­zon listed a to­tal of 103,329 en­ter­prises, the third high­est in the coun­try af­ter CALABARZON re­gion with 137,808, and Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion with 192,316 es­tab­lish­ments.

Of the to­tal num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments in the re­gion, 47 per­cent of it or some 48,501 are clas­si­fied un­der the Whole­sale and Re­tail Trade cat­e­gory, which is the high­est among all cat­e­gories.

It was fol­lowed by Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cat­e­gory with 13,367, while 11,179 were listed as be­long­ing to the Ac­com­mo­da­tion and Food Ser­vice cat­e­gories.

In 2015, there were 101,176 busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in Cen­tral Lu­zon as listed by the PSA. This grew to 103,546 in 2016 and slightly de­creased to 103,329 in 2017.

In 2018, the DTI-3 re­ported that it has as­sisted a to­tal of 29,443 es­tab­lish­ments through­out the re­gion through its pro­vin­cial of­fices pro­vid­ing ser­vices such as busi­ness ad­vi­sory, trade fair as­sis­tance, ex­port as­sis­tance, Shared Ser­vice Fa­cil­ity pro­vi­sion, prod­uct devel­op­ment, men­tor­ing, fi­nan­cial link­age, mar­ket match­ing, train­ing and other ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grams and types of assi st an ce.

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