DTI LAUNCHES GO
NEGOSYO CENTER- AKLAN
by Megs S. Lunn
Driving the potential of our Small and Medium Enterprises to grow, compete and excel, the Go Negosyo Center in Aklan is now open. The establishment of Go Negosyo is to assist your business registration, business advisory and business information advocacy.
The Go Negosyo RA 10644 - “An Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth Through the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises”, otherwise known as the “Go Negosyo Act”, approved into law on 15 July 2014 by His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the salient points are to seek and promote ‘job generation and inclusive growth of MSME’s in the country, eases the doing of business and facilitates access to services, technology, management, training and marketing of MSMEs, and the establishment of a Philippine Business Registry Databank under the DTI to serve as a database of all business enterprises in the Philippines, establishment of a Start-up Fund for MSMEs and re-composition of the MSME Development Council and its additional functions.
According to DTI-Aklan, “The Ist Negosyo Center in Aklan is a joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Aklan, Office of Senator Paolo Benigno “BAM” Aquino IV, Provincial Government of Aklan, Municipal Government of Kalibo, Aklan Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry- Aklan Chapter.”
As Provincial Director Diosdado “Dads” P. Cadena, Jr. puts it, “Go Negosyo Center will serve as a one-stop-shop for services that cater to the entrepreneurs’ need for easy and faster access on information that is essential for the SMEs growth.”
The Provincial Government of Aklan will assist in the implementation and promotion of Negosyo Center; the Municipal Government of Kalibo will provide staff to facilitate delivery of services, accept and facilitate applications for business permits, access fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, generate business data and information; the PMSMED Council will encourage public and private partnership, monitor, evaluate and provide information materials, and the PCCI-Aklan Chapter will assist in developing a mentoring program for MSMEs and assist manning the center.
On the other hand, the Small Business Guarantee Fund Corporation (SBGFC) will similarly assign staff (on call) to provide advice and accept and evaluate loan applications, while Aklan Catholic College and Athena Business Solutions Group, Co will provide technical expertise as Business Development Service (BDS) provider for business consultancy and capability building training in organization management, strategic planning, accounting and finance, product development and packaging, systems development and office administration and archiving.
The office is located at DTI Bldg., Veterans Ave., Kalibo Aklan. /MP