More Go Negosyo centers eyed

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Davao City Field Office (DCFO) is looking into the possibility of establishing more than one Go Negosyo Center in Davao City to fully cater the needs of the micro, small, and medium enterprises in the city.

DTI-DCFO provincial director Edwin O. Banquerigo, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the city is a big area in terms of size and having the Go Negosyo Center located only in the city center might not be able to fully serve its purpose.

"We are looking into this possibility because we want to bring the services of the center to MSMEs [in areas outside of the downtown area]. To do this, we have to spread it (Go Negosyo Centers) out," Banquerigo said.

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He said they are planning to establish one Go Negosyo Center per district.

"However, as of now we are only looking into establishing only one Go Negosyo first," Banquerigo said, adding that they will observe this one before establishing another.

"We will do this (establishment of Go Negosyo Centers) step by step. It is not good to have them all at once," he said, adding they also have to consider their available resources if they will establish centers in all three districts of Davao City.

Banquerigo said the establishment of the centers will be done soon once the implementing rules and regulations of the Go Negosyo Act or Republic Act 10644 is completed.

The Go Negosyo Center will be established by DTI in all provinces, cities, and municipalities in the country.

The centers will provide a unified and simplified business registration process through the Philippine Business Registry System and the Business Permits and Licensing System; facilitate the access of MSMEs to shared service facilities (SSFs) and equipment, capacity building programs, technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance; facilitate market linkages to develop and sustain the competitiveness of MSMEs and help sell their products and services to existing and new markets for both domestic and international; and facilitate access to financial assistance and grants and design and undertake programs that will promote entrepreneurship.

The Negosyo Center will be in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Philippines - Institute for Small-Scale Industries, the Cooperative Development Authority, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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