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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 “.