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Bicol now has 24 Negosyo Centers, more to come to help MSMEs -- DTI

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bicol regional office has been relentless in its effort to reach out and assist the sector of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) throughout the region by setting up Negosyo Centers, now totaling 24.



DTI Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said at least 12 additional centers were launched for the first semester of this year.
Blanco said the establishment of the Negosyo Centers are in accordance with Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act to help uplift the fate and develop more micro, small and medium enterprises.
Negosyo Center, according to Blanco, promotes easy way of doing business, facilitates access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, Shared Service Facilities (SSF) and other equipment, ensures management guidance, assistance and improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs, and facilitates a wider market access.
“The presence of the Negosyo Center in each municipality and province aims to provide better and more efficient services to MSMEs. The same also provides referrals and facilitates linkage of MSMEs with other national government agencies to avail of the latter’s related programs and services,” she added.
Of the 24 established Negosyo Centers, seven are in Camarines Sur, four each in Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, and Albay, three in Masbate, and two in Catanduanes.
Blanco said that the presence of the 24 Negosyo Centers in the region will bring in more business opportunities to communities and MSMEs.

She also added that they will contribute in the rapid development of various cities and municipalities in the region.
With the Negosyo Centers now serving the Bicolanos, the DTI has assisted close to 5,000 existing and new entrepreneurs.

DTI Bicol sets a target of 23 Negosyo Centers by end of the year.

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