THE Department of Trade and Industry-Cebu has made good on its promise to help entrepreneurs in Bogo City cut costs by providing them with a shared facility.
“The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides Bogo with a shared service facility. In our negotiation with the mayor, the DTI gave equipment, a laser cutter and 3D printer, which arrived last Tuesday,” Janeth Verallo, Negosyo Center counselor in Bogo City, told SunStar Cebu last Friday.
The Bogo local government has identified information technology personnel to train on how to operate the equipment, she said.
The shared service facility is a digital fabrication laboratory. With the equipment, Verallo said, residents can now create prototypes of products for souvenir items, for instance.
“It’s open to the public,” she said. “The facility just charges for maintenance.” The shared service facility (SSF) aims to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Bogo develop and enhance their products, Verallo said.
The Negosyo Center in Bogo City was established in August 2015.
Republic Act 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act mandates the creation of a Negosyo Center in all provinces, cities and municipalities.
Negosyo Centers are one-stop shops that address the needs of MSMEs by offering business registration assistance; business advisory in the areas of product development, market access, financing and investment promotion; and business information and advocacy.
Under the law, one of its functions is to “facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, shared service facilities and equipment, and other support for MSMEs.” (CTL)