MSME summit pushes ‘Go Negosyo’ centers

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


MALAYBALAY CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMEDC), has pushed for the establishment of “Negosyo Centers” to strongly advocate local entrepreneurship.

During the National MSME Summit held recently at SMX Convention Center in Davao City, DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said ‘Negosyo Centers’ will provide easy and speedy setting up of businesses anywhere and everywhere.

The establishment of ‘centers’ is a provision in the ‘Go Negosyo Act’ or Republic Act 10644, which was approved last July 15, 2014, authored by Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" A. Aquino IV.

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“Under this law, DTI has been given the key task and challenge of establishing Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities, and municipalities in the country," Domingo said.

He said the ‘centers’ will provide a unified and simplified business registration process to help facilitate the access of MSMEs to shared service facilities (SSFs) such as equipment, technology transfer, production and marketing assistance as well as management trainings and capacity building programs.

Likewise, issues and challenges in the business were also tackled as DTI-10 assistant regional director Linda O. Boniao talked on the best practices in fresh and processed foods enterprise, while Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go tipped off on the ongoing reforms in FDA, especially on the streamlining of license registration.

Aquino, in his keynote speech during the Summit, imparted the main features of the “Go Negosyo” Law.

He said “with the support of LGUs and other government agencies, the ‘Go Negosyo’ centers will bring the government closer to small businesses.”
The senator is very optimistic that its Implementing Rules and Regulations will be approved this year.

Apart from the MSMEs from various provinces in the country, the corporate leaders, investors, financial institutions, banks, industry clusters and associations, academe, technology providers, innovators, and policy-makers also played their part in the event. (DTI)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 04, 2014.

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