Bontoc, Mountain Province – The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) in the province is expected to benefit in the recent establishment of a Provincial Negosyo Center as its launching ceremony was held at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Field Office located at the second floor of Walter Clapp Centrum here on June 30, 2015.
The establishment of Negosyo Center is in compliance to Republic Act No. 10644, known as the Go Negosyo Act which aims, among others to bring government services closer to small businesses.
DTI Provincial Director Juliet Lucas said that Go Negosyo Center will provide services of facilitating support like information and knowledge, business registration assistance and business advisory services to the businessmen and entrepreneurs in the province.
Lucas explained that the basic policy of the “Go Negosyo Act” is to foster development, promote inclusive growth and reduce poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSME’s that facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the country. “With the help that it will provide, the center will boost up MSMEs in our place” Lucas stated.
One of the significant features of the act is its association to the Philippine Business Registry Databank (PBRS) under DTI to serve as a database to all business enterprise in the country. The PBRS is a government project that integrates the services of all agencies involved in business registration thus making a unified and simplified business registration for the business sector.
To further develop the Negosyo Center, the DTI formed a partnership with the Provincial LGU and the Mountain Province Polytechnic College (MPSPC) through a Memorandum of Agreement for them to work together in enhancing and promoting entrepreneurship in the province.
The opening ceremony started with the unveiling of the center’s signage led by Director Lucas and was followed by a short mass led by Fr. Marcial Castaňeda. Joining the program are the members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council headed by Governor Leonard G. Mayaen.
Also in attendance are Political Affairs Officer Joaquin Nacnas representing Congressman Maximo B. Dalog, and MPSPC President Rexton Chakas. Visitors who also joined the celebration are DTI-CAR Division Chief Mimosa Regis and Trinidad Gayaden of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mayaen in his message mentioned on the provincial government’s interventions to the MSME’s. He is hopeful that the establishment of the center will further add to the income of our province aside from the interventions that it will extend to the business sector.
By Erwin S. Batnag