MAHAYAG, Zamboanga del Sur, – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-9) has encouraged local government units (LGUs) in the province to establish Negosyo Centers.
Assistant Regional Director Noel R. Barzan, during the blessing and inauguration ceremony of the Negosyo Center in Mahayag town, the sixth in the province, said the main purpose of the Negosyo Center is to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to facilitate local job creation, production and trade. “It is our purpose to help and strengthen the MSMEs through the establishment of the Negosyo Center.
If the MSMEs have food items such as processed foods, we can offer assistance to them,” Barzan said. He said the newly-established Negosyo Center is responsible for promoting ease of doing business and facilitates access to services for MSMEs in the municipality.
Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Atay said the establishment of the Negosyo Center is in accordance with Republic Act No. 10644 otherwise known as the “Go Negosyo Act” or an “Act promoting job generation and inclusive growth through the development of micro, small and medium enterprises.” Negosyo Centers were also established at the DTI office, Pagadian City, and in the municipalities of Aurora, Guipos, Molave, and Ramon Magsaysay respectively.
Atay said the Negosyo Center accepts and facilitates all registration application of MSMEs, integrate a unified business process system for MSMEs, provide information and services in training, financing, and marketing. “The turnaround time for businessmen in processing their documents will be 15 minutes, a very short time compared to the 3-day order of President Rodrigo Duterte in government offices provided that their documents and fees are complete,” she said.
Atay encouraged the LGU to field one staff in the Center to provide technical assistance to local businessmen in their application of business name registration. Meanwhile, Mayor Lorna Espina was very grateful to DTI for establishing a Negosyo Center in her town saying that it provides businessmen ease and comfort in their business name registration.
“The Negosyo Center is already on our doorstep. Our businessmen will no longer spend time, money and effort in going to Pagadian just to register the business name of their establishment,” Espina proudly announced. The lady mayor expressed optimism that the project will help increase not only the national government’s revenue but the LGU as well. (ALT/GCC/PIA-Pagadian City)