countryside growth with Negosyo Centers
April 24, 2019
MAKATI CITY – The
Negosyo Center Program continues to serve as the gateway to ease of
doing business and countryside development, as it conveys its
services to more local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
through its over a thousand Centers in the country.
For the first quarter of
2019, 1,068 Negosyo Centers have already been established
nationwide, supplemented by the 16 Centers established in the
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) since 2017.
These Centers are situated in locations convenient for MSMEs and
other clients, in which, 964 of these Centers are located at local
government units (LGUs), 81 are situated in Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Regional Offices, 12 in the academe, 7 in malls, and
4 at non-government organizations (NGOs). 821 or around 77% of the
Centers were established under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s term.
This supports the mandate of the President to sustain and develop
the MSME sector.
For the year 2019 onward,
the Department aims to focus more on the enhancement of services
provided by the Negosyo Centers. This shift in focus is to
complement the continuous establishment of more Centers in the
country and the increasing number of clients being served.
Services offered by the
The prime directive of the
Negosyo Centers is to provide and facilitate access to various
business development services for the MSMEs. Branched into three
core components, the services being offered by Negosyo Centers
entail Business Advisory, Business Registration Assistance, and
Business Information and Advocacy.
Negosyo Centers provide
potential and existing MSMEs with business advisory services that
will cater their different needs through one on one consultation,
focus group discussion and coaching and mentoring. Through the
Business Registration Assistance, the Business Counsellors
facilitate processing and documentation of necessary paper
requirements such as the Business Name Registration. Complementing
these, the Centers conduct trainings, seminars and dialogues to
increase the MSMEs productivity and efficiency.
Negosyo Centers Business
Counsellors, also serve as catalyst to other MSME-serving programs
of the Department such as the Kapatid Mentor ME Program or KMME,
Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3), Shared Services Facilities (SSF),
and OTOP Next Gen Project, among others.
Since the implementation
of the program in 2014, with five pioneering Centers in the country,
the number of MSMEs assisted ballooned over the years. In 2013,
70,647 MSME clients were assisted by the different existing programs
of DTI. Fast forward to 2018, and since the program started in 2014,
the figures multiplied several times, reaching a 1,141% percentage
increase in MSMEs assisted. Based on the accumulated data from the
Performance Governance System (PGS) and the Negosyo Center
Monitoring System (NCMS), MSMEs assisted from 2013 to 2018 grew to
1,694,875 or a 2,299% increase.
Impact of Negosyo Centers
Regional Operations Group Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya reiterated the
importance of Negosyo Centers in the development of the MSME sector
in the Philippines, saying that in the past, DTI has only reached 81
provinces, but the over a thousand Negosyo Centers to date, made it
possible to reach more people.
The establishment of more
Negosyo Centers serves as a way of empowering MSMEs, generating more
jobs and livelihood opportunities for every Filipino, which is vital
in the Administration’s fight against poverty. DTI moreover, has a
holistic list of programs aimed to assist the needs of the MSMEs, in
terms of marketing, product development, finance, etc. These
programs continuously sustain the development of the MSME sector and
to connect them to ASEAN countries and the world.