Aklan opens 2 more Negosyo Centers

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Aklan Provincial Office will launch its second and third Negosyo Centers in Aklan, particularly in the municipalities of Ibajay and Altavas on June 27 and 28, 2016, respectively, as the agency intensifies further its bid in assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The launching of these Negosyo Centers will be highlighted by the “NegoCart”, a special component of the Negosyo Center which will showcase different products of each municipality.

The establishment of the new Negosyo Centers is through the coordination and partnership of DTI Aklan with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ibajay and Altavas, and the PSMED Council.

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3rd Negosyo Center Plus opens in Cebu

DTI opened the 3rd Negosyo Center Plus in UP Cebu. The Negosyo Center Plus is a Negosyo Center with Fabrication Laboratory and Co-Working space.

U/Maglaya said that the Negosyo Center with Fablab Co-working Space launching is a milestone for the Department after unveiling the first two in Santiago City and Ilocos Sur. The DTI is also set to open 4 more Negosyo Center with Fablab Co-working Spaces in Tacloban City (Eastern Visayas State University) on June 21, Bicol (Bicol University Compound) on June 23, National Capital Region (CITC Marikina; University of the Philippines – Diliman) on September 14, and in Zamboanga City (Zamboanga State Ploytechnic College) on October 7.

BMBE registration now in DTI

Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) can now register their businesses, free of charge, at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the agency’s Negosyo Centers.

Maglaya said that registered BMBEs can avail of government incentives that include exemption from the payment of income tax for income arising from the operation of the enterprise, exemption from the coverage of the minimum wage law, special credit window of government financing institutions that will service the needs of BMBEs, as well as technology and marketing assistance.

The DTI issued Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 16-01 last April 22, 2016 which provides guidelines on registering BMBEs at Negosyo Centers. Under DAO 16-01, DTI is the sole agency which shall issue a Certificate of Authority (CA) to registered BMBEs at Negosyo Centers or at DTI offices where Negosyo Centers have not been set up.

Prior to the issuance of the DAO, BMBEs register at the Office of the Treasurer of the city or municipality where the business is located.

DTI launched the E-commerce Caravan

DTI launched the E-commerce Caravan last month (April 2016). The series of Negosyo Center Seminars on Expanding Your Business through E-Commerce were held in Davao City, Santiago City in Isabella, and Baguio City.  In its first month, the E-commerce Caravan attracted over 700 prospective online merchants.

The e-commerce seminars are designed to engage MSMEs into becoming online merchants. The seminars provide a venue for e-commerce champions, gurus, and service providers to share their know-how and expertise on e-commerce.  Participants learn how to avail of existing facilities such as e-payment, logistics, customer relations management, as well as how to strengthen brand presence, brand marketing, and ensure consumer protection.

156th Negosyo Center opens in Lucky China Town Mall

S/ASC and Sen. Bam inaugurated the 156th Negosyo Center in Lucky China Town Mall in Binondo, Manila. DTI targets to open an additional 143 Centers nationwide this year.

SASC noted that “Negosyo Centers are excellent channels to connect with entrepreneurs, to provide them with assistance, and to ensure that micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) benefit from government trade policymaking and execution”.