Text by Albert B. Lacanlale
Photos by Marvin Macaspac
LUBAO, Pampanga—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the local government unit here on Friday (December 29, 2017) opened the Negosyo Center at the municipal hall compound in Barangay San Nicolas 1st in this town to assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Municipal officials and department heads, led by Vice Mayor Robertito Diaz, joined DTI Region 3 Director Judith Angeles, Pampanga Director Elenita Ordoño, and Pampanga Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council Chairperson Teresa Carlos in the launching/ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Negosyo Center office.
Negosyo Centers will be responsible for promoting “ease of doing business and facilitating access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction.” They cater to services such as Business Registration Assistance; Business Advisory Services; Business Information and Advocacy; and monitoring and recommending business-process improvement for MSMEs, among others.
Any person, natural or juridical, having the qualifications as defined in Republic Act No. 9178 [AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BARANGAY MICRO BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (BMBEs), PROVIDING INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES], may avail of the services.
The MSMED Council thru the DTI is the coordinating and supervising body for all the agencies involved in the establishment and operation of the Negosyo Centers. It shall perform oversight functions and shall assign personnel to fulfill the functions of the Negosyo Centers.
The members of the council are Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Representatives from the MSMEs and women sectors and Small Business Corporation. There is an Advisory Unit whose members are government agencies, government and private financing institutions, labor and academe representatives.
The LGU provided the space where the Negosyo Center will be housed free of charge.
Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, in a statement, said the opening of the Negosyo Center was timely as the LGU was expecting business owners to renew or apply for new business permits at the start of the fiscal year 2018.
DTI Business Name Registration is a prerequisite in opening a new business venture.
Cayabyab said that the opening of the Negosyo Center in Lubao will provide more convenience to businessmen who would usually make a 30-minute travel to the capital City of San Fernando for their business name registration.
“We thank the DTI and the MSMED Council for establishing this Negosyo Center in our town. This is a testament of the government’s effort in empowering small-scale businesses who provide employment to many of our cabalen as well as contribute to government coffers by means of their taxes,” Cayabyab said.