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More ‘Negosyo Centers’ are being considered in Ilocos Norte.

It is the hope of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province of Ilocos Norte to build additional Negosyo Centers to help small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) grow (MSMEs).

Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist and Trade Promotions Officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Ilocos Norte, Maricor Racela, announced on Thursday that the municipalities of Sarrat and Pinili will soon have their own Negosyo Centers (NCs) where local entrepreneurs can register their businesses and avail of other government services without having to travel to the DTI provincial office in Laoag City.

Racela said that Negosyo Centers are being established in all towns and cities to help small companies across the country in order to make the process of establishing and registering a company easier.

As required by Republic Act 10644, the Department of Trade and Industry will create national cooperatives in all provinces, cities, and municipalities to bring the services of the government closer to the people.

The center will be located on the first level of the Women’s Multi-purpose Cooperative and souvenir store, which is located just across the street from the municipal hall building in Pinili.

Additionally, the planned Negosyo Center in Sarrat will be housed on the second floor of the west wing of the Sarrat Training Center, which is just a few meters away from the public market and will serve as a resource for the community.

Similarly to the existing Negosyo Centers in Laoag, Burgos, Bacarra, San Nicolas, Badoc and Dingras, Piddig and Banna, Solsona and Vintar, Paoay and Bangui and Nueva Era and Currimao, the DTI Ilocos Norte hopes to serve more MSMEs in the province by providing an easily accessible one-stop-shop near them, as has been done in the other provinces.

Once a Negosyo Center is established, prospective and current company owners will no longer be required to travel great distances in order to participate in capacity-building seminars and other skills and development trainings offered by the Department of Trade and Industry.

In line with the Duterte administration’s pledge to bring government services closer to the people and provide more chances for companies to develop and extend their horizons via appropriate training and government assistance, this initiative is being implemented.

In each center, a team of professionals provides business registration assistance to those who are just getting started, business advisory services to those who need proper guidance on compliance and license requirement submissions, business information and advocacy for trainings, and monitoring and evaluation to provide feedback and improve the program.

It essentially acts as a resource center for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners, providing assistance with each critical step a small company must take, from startup through growth.

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