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Business leaders support Negosyo Centers as LGU Naga, DTI promise faster services

By Jason B. Neola

NEGOSYO CENTER. Naga City Mayor John Bongat (2nd from right) and DTI Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco (2nd from left), along with City Councilor Babet Lavadia (leftmost) and DTI CamSur Provincial Director Edna Tejada, formally open the Negosyo Center at Naga City Hall. The center is in support of "Go Negosyo Act" through which the city and the Department of Trade and Industry will provide support for business conceptualization, management, team-building, marketing, human resources, and many other aspects of maintaining small and medium businesses in the locality. CEPPIO PHOTO

NEGOSYO CENTERS represent a ray of hope for many who would be our partners to propel socio-economic growth.

This was revealed by Jeremie Lo, incoming vice-president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for South Luzon in his speech during the launching of a Go Negosyo Center at the provincial office here of the Department of Trade and Industry last Friday, November 27, this year.

On the same day, a similar facility was also launched at the Naga City Hall compound, which, according to Mayor John G. Bongat “will provide answer to queries on how to facilitate the establishment of business ventures.”

Lo, who expressed support and commitment to the success of the centers, said “I believe that the centers would be a vital tool to help improve the lives of many Bicolanos through generation of jobs, poverty reduction and empowerment of people.”

Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco of the Department of Trade and Industry said in both gatherings that the operation of Negosyo Centers will provide MSMEs with speedy services on business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information, and advocacy, monitoring and evaluation of business processes.

Thru the localities’ small and micro entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to obtain coordinative links with public and private institutions by providing the MSMEs with financing, marketing, and technology-exchange opportunities, as well as acquisition of equipment and tools by product manufacturers and processors.

The centers, according to Dir. Blanco, will also serve as facilities in doing business-matching and networking, and other entrepreneurial transactions with other MSMEs in other regions thru the Negosyo Centers that are to be established in different cities and municipalities across the country.

Mayor Bongat cited in both events the importance of collaboration among those in government and private sectors in the operation of a productive Negosyo Center in the city. He said that the city government’s GrOW Negosyo program maintains a continuing partnership with different government agencies like the Dept. of Labor and Employment, the Dept. of Science and Technology and DTI.

The city’s GrOW Negosyo, thru the Metro PESO, provides technical and financial assistance to budding food and non-food business enterprises in the barangays with an end goal of seeing them economically-empowered.

Other benefits and advantages of the Negosyo Center program, according to Bongat: the institutionalized mechanisms that will allow the constituency to inculcate in their consciousness the improvement of businesses, addresses the unemployment issue by way of inspiring others to put up their own businesses and be a part of the general effort to improve the local and the national economy so that dreams about better life for our families, communities, and the country be ultimately realized.

Solomon C. Ngo, president of Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the “Negosyo Centers fortify his business organization’s mandate in building relentlessly globally competitive enterprises that realize the full potential of the Filipinos’ ingenuity and world class talent.”