DTI to open 4th ‘Negosyo Center’

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will launch on Thursday Zamboanga City’s “Negosyo Center” to cater to the needs of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the city.

The local Negosyo Center will be located at the DTI-Zamboanga City Office (DTI-ZCO) along Veterans Avenue.

The Negosyo Center that will be opened is the fourth in the entire region. The first was located in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; second, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; and, third, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

The launching of the local Negosyo Center will be witnessed by Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo, and DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya.

DTI-ZCO Director Rolando Acuña said the establishment of the center is pursuant to Republic Act 10644, otherwise known as the “Go Negosyo Act,” which stipulates for the establishment of Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities.

u201cWe are proud to say that no less than the author of this law (RA 10644), Sen. Bam Aquino, will grace the launching (of the center),” Acuña said.

Acuña said the basic policy of the “Go Negosyo Act” is to foster national development, promote inclusive growth, and reduce poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSMEs that facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the country.

He said that centers will facilitate and expedite the business application process of MSMEs in coordination with the local government units and other concerned agencies, and will provide assistance to MSMEs to avail themselves of technology transfer, production, and management training programs and marketing assistance of the DTI and other government agencies.

The launching of the local Negosyo Center will be followed by the two-day Zamboanga Peninsula MSME Conference in Zamboanga City on Thursday and Friday. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)

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