DTI Launches 54 More Negosyo Centers

posted Jul 15, 2015, 8:46 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

“As of July 10, 2015, there are now 54 Negosyo Centers launched this year. This brings us to a total of 59 Centers now operating all over the country. Five (5) of these became operational on the 4th quarter of 2014,” ARD Dorecita T. Delima, Negosyo Center Program Manager of the Negosyo Center National Program Office (NC-NPO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said.

Of the 59 centers, 16 are located in Mindanao, 12 are in Visayas, and 31 are in Luzon, or a share of 27%, 20% and 53%, respectively. Majority of these centers are located in the various Local Government Units (LGUs) where the Centers are based, and in the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices nationwide.  Only one Center is Academe-based while another is housed at a Chamber’s Office. 

The Digos Negaoyso Center hosted by Cor Jesu College and the Davao City Negosyo Center hosted by the Davao City LGU and the Davao City Investment Promotions Center (DCIPC)  were launched on July 09, with Sen. Paolo Benigno “BAM” Aquino IV, author of RA No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, gracing the event. The Malaybalay Negosyo Center has also been  launched on July 10. 

For the rest of the month of July, 26 more Negosyo Centers are likewise set for launching all over the country.  It is expected that by month’s end, Negosyo Centers will be present in all the regions of the country. 

A total of 146 Negosyo Centers are set to be launched by end of the year, or 146% of the total target of 100 centers for 2015. Total Negosyo Centers operating by then would reach 151, to include the 4 centers already operating in 2014. 

“Based on the numbers, we are on track in our goal of making sure that Negosyo Centers are set up in the areas where they matter the most, where they are felt the most. This is DTI’s commitment for the continued growth of our MSMEs, as enunciated by the DTI Secretary himself, Gregory L. Domingo,” DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said. 

DTI has been given the key responsibility and challenge of establishing Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide, as provided for under Republic Act No. 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, which seeks to strengthen MSMEs nationwide to create more job opportunities in the country. It was signed into law  by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on July 15, 2014, with the DTI issuing Department Administrative Order No. 14-5 series of 2014: “Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. 10644 “.   

Negosyo Center-Gensan Opens Its Doors to Local MSMEs

posted Jul 7, 2015, 6:08 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 6:01 PM ]

During the Launching of Negosyo Center-Gensan: DTI GSC OIC Arnel V. Sayco; DTI-Sarangani Provincial Director Nanette Barroso; DTI 12 Regional Director Ibrahim K. Guiamadel; Brgy. Captain Edgar Acharon representing Cong. Pero Acharon, Jr.; Mr. Aram Fernandez representing Sen. Bam Aquino; GSC Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera; DTI U/Sec. Zenaida C. Maglaya; Fr. Vic Supranis, O.P., Negosyo Center Program Manager and DTI 12 ARD Dorecita T. Delima; DTI-Sultan Kudarat OIC Felisa Senobago; DTI-South Cotabato PD Flora P. Gabunales; and, DTI Cotabato PD Anthony Bravo.

With the launching of Negosyo Center-General Santos City Office last May 05, 2015, a host of business development services are now being offered for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the city and the neighboring provinces and municipalities in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region. These services, which can be availed of in the offices of various national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), and private sector organizations, have now been consolidated and are being offered through a one-stop-shop -- via the Negosyo Center-Gensan Office. These services include Business Registration Assistance, Business Information and Advocacy, and Business Advisory.

For the entire month of May, the NC-Gensan served a total of 488 clients who were directly provided with demand-responsive development promotion services. This included clients from within the region, to include General Santos City the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani, as well as those from outside the region.       

The Center was able to conduct seven (7) in-house trainings and orientations in partnership with both the government and the private sector to cover topics as varied as the following: Negosyo Center Mindanao-wide Coordinators’ Meeting conducted by the DTI Negosyo Center Program Office; Banking 101 Seminar by Planters’ Bank; Orientation on Accessing SBC’s Financing Facilities-Borrower’s Risk-Rating by the Small Business Corporation (2) ; Orientation on IP Code, Trademark as a Strategic Tool in Business & Understanding Philippine Investment Laws and Policies by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)-Gensan and the Board of Investments (BOI)-Gensan (2); and, Cooperative Pre-membership Education Seminar by the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO).           

It was also able to strengthen partnership and collaboration with various sectors for the operationalization of the Center, to include the following: the Local Government Unit (LGU) of General Santos City; General Santos City Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, Inc. (GSC-SMEDCI); Board of Investments (BOI)-Gensan; Intellectual Property Office (IPO)-Gensan; Small Business Corporation (SBC)-Gensan; City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-General Santos City Office; Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-General Santos City Office; Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-General Santos City Office; Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)-Gensan; and, Planters Bank-Gensan. This has greatly enhanced the center’s services, directly benefiting the local MSMEs. 

The Center was also able to disseminate a number of information collaterals to its clients which included the following: Republic Act No. 10644 brochure; RA 10644 flyer; Negosyo Center flyer for Clients; Negosyo Center flyer for Partners; ITS Gensan Now brochure; BanKo brochure; Trademarks flyer; Intellectual Philippines flyer; Invest Philippines CD; Phil-JobNet brochure; Yaman Gensan V.8 booklet; and, DOLE XII Portal bookmark.  


15 Negosyo Centers Now Operational Nationwide

posted Jun 10, 2015, 12:54 AM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 1:58 AM ]

The lobby of the Negosyo Center - Gensan. 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Negosyo Center National Program Office headed by Asst. Regional Director Dorecita T. Delima, announced that fifteen (15) Negosyo Centers have been launched throughout the country as of June 10, 2015 since the project started last quarter of 2014.


Of the fifteen (15) Centers, five (5) became operational in 2014: Cagayan de Oro City; Boac, Marinduque; Calapan City PO in Oriental Mindoro; Iloilo City; and, Puerto Princesa City PO in Palawan.  The ten (10) other Centers that have become operational this year include the following: Odiongan PO, Romblon; Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Kalibo, Aklan; General Santos City; Surigao del Norte; Pagadian City; Butuan City; Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay; and, Baguio City which was launched today, June 10. Of these, ten (10) Centers are housed and managed by the DTI, four (4) are lodged at the Local Government Units (LGUs), and one (1) is housed at the Chamber.


Aside from the Negosyo Center in Baguio City, another Center will also be launched in the said area on June 11, which will bring to sixteen (16) the total number of Negosyo Centers that have been launched. The two (2) Centers will serve different beneficiaries -- one will support the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) while the other will serve the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the province of Benguet.  


The establishment of the Centers is a provision in the Go Negosyo Act where the DTI has been given the key responsibility and challenge of establishing Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide. The act seeks to strengthen MSMEs to create more job opportunities in the country. It was signed into law  by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on July 15, 2014. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) likewise issued Department Administrative Order No. 14-5 series of 2014: “Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. 10644 “.

DTI MIndanao Negosyo Center Coordinators' Meeting/Workshop Convened

posted May 14, 2015, 11:56 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

The Negosyo Center National Program Office, headed by the National Program Manager, DTI-12 Asst. Regional Director Dorecita T. Delima, convened all the DTI Mindanao Negosyo Center Coordinators for a Meeting/Workshop last May 06, 2015 at the Training Room of the newly-launched Negosyo Center-General Santos City.


The Negosyo Center Coordinators from Regions 9, 10, 11, and 12, as well as the Negosyo Center Coordinators from the proposed Negosyo Centers in Region 12 met to discuss the preparation and finalization of two documents that are being prepared for the program, the Manual on the Establishment of Negosyo Centers, and the Operations Manual of Negosyo Centers. The meeting also discussed the various issues and concerns facing the regions in the establishment and operationalization of the centers. 

First R12 Negosyo Center Launched in Gensan

posted May 14, 2015, 11:53 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

The first Negosyo Center in the region was launched in GenSan on May 5, 2015. The newly renovated facility is located at the ground floor of the R.A. Building, South Osmeña St., General Santos City. 

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 12, given its staunch implementation of the Go Negosyo Act (RA 10644), leads the establishment of six Negosyo Centers this year to serve the MSMEs of SOCCSKSARGEN. The Negosyo Centers will be strategically located in key cities across the region to cater to a wider community of local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

RA 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act” aims to establish Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities in the country to promote “ease of doing business” and facilitate access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction.

In line with the goal of the Go Negosyo Act which is to strengthen MSMEs throughout the country, the Negosyo Centers shall have the following functions and services:

Business Registration Assistance

* Facilitate business registration and renewal applications of MSMEs including application for Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE)


Business Advisory Services

* Facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, including start-up funds for MSMEs

* Assist business owners in meeting regulatory requirements to start and sustain the business

* Create mentoring programs with the aid of private institutions and local chambers


Business Information and Advocacy

* Provide information and services for training, financing and marketing

* Include the participation of the youth through entrepreneurship programs in schools

* Create MSME databank

* Manage other programs related to the MSME development plan


The Negosyo Center in General Santos City will be co-managed by the General Santos City Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council Inc. (GSC-SMEDCI) and the DTI-General Santos City Office.

Proposed sites for the other five Negosyo Centers to be established this year include the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, and Tacurong, and the municipalities of Alabel in Sarangani and Surallah in South Cotabato.(Richard Ismael Arceño)

DTI 12 Awards Certificates of Completion to MSU-Gensan Students

posted May 14, 2015, 11:51 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

The Institutional Development Division (InDD) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 12 recently awarded twenty-eight 4th Year Economics students of the Mindanao State University (MSU)-General Santos City Campus with Certificates of Completion for having finished the preparation of information materials which the office needs in its database build-up initiative. 

The preparation of Projects Briefs (PBs) is an ongoing project between DTI-12 and MSU-Gensan which started with a MOA Signing in 2012, serving as an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) program for the school’s Senior BSBA Business Economics students under the supervision of Dr. Marissa dela Cruz, Faculty of the university’s College of Business Administration. 

Since then, a total of 65 PBs have been prepared by MSU-Gensan, which now form part of the information materials of DTI-12. For the 1st batch (AY 2012-2013), a total of 42 students participated, with a ratio of 3 students to 1 Project Brief. This produced a total of 14 PBs. 

For the succeeding year (AY 2013-2014), there were a total of twenty-nine participating students, with 29 PBs produced, or a ratio of 1 student to 1 PB. Employing the same ratio, the 3rd batch (A.Y. 2014-2015) has thus far completed 22 PBs, with 28 participating senior economics students.

From 2012 to 2015, a total of 99 students have participated in the project, completing a total of sixty-five PBs, 43 of which were compiled in a book, the Region 12 Compendium of Project Briefs, which were disseminated in all the DTI regions and provinces throughout the country. (CCC/JM Miraveles)

R12 Competitiveness Roadshow for 2015 KIcks Off

posted May 14, 2015, 11:48 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

 The Institutional Development Division (InDD) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 12 recently conducted its annual Competitiveness and Investment Roadshow in the four provinces of Region 12, namely: Sultan Kudarat on March 09; Sarangani on March 12; South Cotabato on March 13; and Cotabato on March 18-19, 2015. 

The Roadshow was attended by 151 participants representing the 4 Provincial Government Offices, the 50 Local Government Units ( LGUs) composed of the 5 cities and 45 municipalities, as well as representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the DTI. Said participants were composed of the Local Economic Investment Promotion Officers (LEIPOs) from the 50 LGUs and the 4 PGOs, as well as their Business Permit Licensing Officers (BPLOs) and Municipal Planning Development Officers (MPDOs).

The participants were oriented on this year’s round of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) spearheaded by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), as well as on the different priority programs for 2015 that DTI is pursuing, to include: Investment Promotion, Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS), Knowledge Management (KM) and the Establishment of Negosyo Centers in all the cities and municipalities throughout the country.

Region 12 Promotes 11 Big-ticket Projects to the BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT

posted Oct 29, 2014, 12:02 AM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

The National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (NERBAC) 12 spearheaded the promotion of 11 Big-ticket Projects from the SOCCSKSARGEN region (Region 12) to foreign and local investors during the 2nd BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference, conducted last October 22-26, 2014 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.


The region’s big-ticket projects focused on 5 main industries: Agri-business, Tourism, Public Infrastructure, IT-BPO, and Ecozones. These included the following projects: Corn Processing Plant of LGU Banga and PGO South Cotabato; Integrated Transport Terminal and Lifestyle Complex, and Operation of a Triple “A” Halal Slaughterhouse of LGU Cotabato City; Gensan Ecozone of Gensan Economic Zone; Gensan Mabuhay IT Park of Mabuhay Technopark Corporation; Integrated Food Terminal with Abattoirs, and Redevelopment of General Santos City Public Market of LGU General Santos City; Deep-sea Fishing using Fish Shelter “Payao”, and Integrated Fishport and Construction of Modern Cold Storage Facility of LGU Kalamansig; Eco-tourism Corridor of Kidapawan City; Golf Course Site Development of LGU Koronadal City; and, Overland Transport Terminal and Construction of Satellite Market of LGU Tacurong City.


The Local Economic Investment Promotion Officers (LEIPOs) of the LGU proponents, as well as the private sector proponents presented their projects during a 1-hour Network Reception Session specifically allotted for Region 12’s projects. After the session, a Business Matching Activity was held where interested investors met the proponents face to face to discuss the projects presented. A number of investment queries were discussed, and several agreements were made for future meetings.


The 2nd Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)  and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference was organized by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) in coordination with some of the country’s national and local government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Board of Investments (BOI), as well as several private sector organizations.   

DTI 12 Passes Anew 3rd 3-year Cycle Re-certification for (ISO) 9001:2000

posted Oct 28, 2014, 11:58 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 12:00 AM ]

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 12 has successfully passed its 3rd 3-Year Cycle Reassessment for (ISO) 9001:2000 re-certification last September 25, 2014, which was conducted by Certification International Philippines (CIP), the 3rd-party certifying body tapped by DTI 12 to measure the organization’s quality management system.


(ISO) 9001:2000 measures an organization’s effectiveness in terms of quality management by evaluating a broad spectrum of practices including procedure, documentation, policy, communications, personnel, and infrastructure. (ISO) 9001:2000 is an improvement of the 1994 version, which has been adopted by more than half a million users in all sectors worldwide. Its focus is now more on process and client/customer, as opposed to documentation which was the central item in the 1994 version.


DTI 12 started aligning its quality management system to (ISO) 9001:2000 in 2006, as part of the organization’s effort to uphold DTI’s image as the “agency of choice”.


This year’s audit covered identified offices of DTI 12, which included the Regional Office, NERBAC, General Santos City Field Office, and the Provincial Offices in Sarangani and South Cotabato. The  operations that were audited included the following Major Final Outcomes (MFOs): Management Responsibility, Industry Development and Investment Promotion, MSME Development and Promotion, Consumer Welfare, and Finance, Administration, and Other Support Functions.

R12 Projects for Promotion being Generated for Outgoing Investment Mission

posted Sep 23, 2014, 11:57 PM by Dtiph Rehiyon Dose

The National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center 12 (NERBAC) is again generating projects for investment promotion in line with the conduct of the forthcoming Outgoing Investment Mission to Manila before the end of the year.


NERBAC 12 has been conducting its annual Outgoing Investment Missions to generate more projects which will be promoted to potential investors from Manila and other cities. These projects can be in the form of Private-Public Partnership, through institutional investors such as banks, cooperatives, etc.,  or through individual investors.  For this year, focus is still on Agriculture, Infrastructure, Tourism, ICT, Health and Wellness, and Aquaculture.


Project proponents are the region’s private sector, or the various Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region 12 such as the 5 cities of SOCCSKSARGEN, to include General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Cotabato and Kidapawan, or the 45 municipalities and the 4 provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato.

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