THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry- Davao (DTI XI ) eyes to establish fourth Negosyo Center in the city in Barangay Tibungco, Bunawan District to cater to the residents of the second district.
DTI XI Davao City provincial director Rachel Remitio said they expect to establish the center in the first semester of 2024.
“We already had initial discussions prior to the pandemic, so as early as 2019, we were already working closely with the city for the establishment (of the center),” she said during the DTI Annual Media Interface on Thursday, Dec 14.
Remitio recalled the city’s commitment to support the Negosyo Center during the Civil Society Organizations and Stakeholders Consultation on Dec. 12.
The Negosyo Center will provide ease of accessibility to its clients to stimulate entrepreneurship development among MSMEs.
“Some of Davao city MSMEs go to Panabo Negosyo Centers rather than coming here in the city as they found the center in the city farther compared to Panabo, considering the traffic,” she added.
However, she said they have yet to discuss details about the partnership and support with the local government unit and Micro-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Council.
At present, there are three Negosyo Centers in Toril, People’s Park, and Calinan, assisting 7,996 clients as of November 2023. Out of the total number, 6,109 were MSMEs belonging to priority industries.
The city’s Negosyo Center is in Model A design, which includes a training center hosted by the LGU. More than 50% of MSMEs of the region are in the city.
As of Nov 2023, there are a total of 53 centers in Davao Region, three in the city, four in Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental (11), Davao del Sur (12), Davao del Norte (12), Davao de Oro (12), which all in all helped a total of 38, 534 clients.
Among the services offered in the center include business registration, through the Philippine Business Registry System in partnership with various government agencies such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, and among others.
The establishment of negosyo centers is in pursuant to Republic Act No. 10644 signed into law by the late former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
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