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Thursday, June 30, 2016

DTI opens 3 ‘convenience shops for entrepreneurs’

MASBATE CITY, June 30 (PIA)—Entrepreneurs in Masbate will find it easier to approach the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for their concerns and questions with the opening of three Negosyo Centers in the province.

Two centers were launched in Aroroy and Milagros towns—the growth centers in northern and northwestern Masbate—last June 3 while the third one opened at the DTI office in this city last year.

Each center aims to promote ease of doing business and facilitates access to services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within its jurisdiction.

Among the services it offers are business registration assistance, advisory, and information and advocacy.

Jewelry maker Venus Jazul says she found the Negosyo Center in Aroroy “just like a convenience store or a one-stop shop for businesspersons” like her.

At the very least, she says she was able to get information, application forms and lists of requirements at the center, which is located at the municipal hall's compound.

The information pertains to product development, market access, access to finance and investment promotion.

Personnel from the DTI and local government unit (LGU) man each center but besides DTI and LGU, other government agencies and the private sector that can assist and provide services to the businessmen should supply the center, said Edgar Ramos, DTI provincial director.

Ramos listed the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. as the other government agencies that can provide MSMEs registration assistance at the centers.

Ramos said the centers will help in the DTI’s campaign to foster entrepreneurial mind-sets as well as create jobs, social empowerment and wealth.

Those who can avail of the center’s services are, among others, any retail or manufacturing enterprise with an asset size of P3 million and below, he said.

Ramos said he hoped not only MSMEs in Aroroy or Milagros will avail themselves of the center’s services, but those from neighboring towns of Baleno, Mandaon and Balud as well.

The DTI is reportedly looking to roll out several more centers in southern Masbate before the year ends. Southern Masbate is consisted of Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Placer, Esperanza and Pio V. Corpus.

Establishment of a Negosyo Center is decreed under Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act. (EAD/PIA5 Masbate)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/821467298411/dti-opens-3-convenience-shops-for-entrepreneurs-#sthash.QfGhjcje.dpuf

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