The Department of Trade and Industry in Region 12 is pushing for the opening in the coming months of more “Negosyo” Centers in parts of the region.
Ethel Laksmi Gumana, DTI-12’s Negosyo Center coordinator, said Thursday negotiations are underway with various local government units in the region for the establishment of additional Negosyo Centers.
She said the agency has so far opened 28 centers within the region’s four provinces and five cities.
Last week, DTI-12 opened the region’s 28th Negosyo Center in Tulunan town in North Cotabato.
As directed by their central office, she said they are working on operating fully-functional Negosyo Centers in each of the region’s 50 municipalities and cities.
Also known as Soccsksargen, Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
“This is part of our continuing efforts to provide better services to our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and bring government services closer to the people,” she said.
The DTI started the establishment of Negosyo Centers in 2015 as provided for in Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act.
The Negosyo Centers are “one-stop-shops” that cater to various concerns and needs of existing and prospective MSMEs on various aspects of doing business, from start-up to the actual operations.
It specifically provides assistance to MSMEs in terms of business registration, business advisory services, business information and advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation of business processes.
Gumana said the center can also process and issue certificates of authority for the barangay micro-business enterprises.
“Our business counsellors can also assist MSMEs in terms of product development, specifically in packaging, labeling and market promotions,” she said.
The Negosyo Centers can assist MSMEs in joining market matching activities and trade fairs, she said.
Vanessa Claire Pleña, DTI-12 information officer, earlier acknowledged that the region has fewer Negosyo Centers when compared to other areas.
But she cited that the existing facilities in the region are “Type A” or complete centers with established buildings and regular personnel.
She said most of the Negosyo Centers in other regions are classified as “Type C” or desk-type facilities.