(L-R) Filipino-Chinese Chamber President Mr. Pershing Tan-Queto, Sapang Dalaga Mayor Manuel Animas, Mayor Aldong Parojinog, Sr., Vice-Mayor Nova Parojinog-Echavez, PSMED Chair Ms. Elvie D. Tan, DTI Consultant Ms. Joan Cybil Yao and Team Bam Aquino Political Officer Mr. Benjamin I. Navea
CAGAYAN de Oro City -- The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry in Misamis Occidental launched two Negosyo Centers (NCs) in the Cities of Ozamiz and Oroquieta, recently.
The Ozamiz City Negosyo Center is being housed at the Business Assistance Center Building of the Ozamiz City Chamber of Commerce and Industry situated within the City Hall compound.
The Oroqueta City Negosyo Center is located adjacent to the DTI Provincial Office itself.
The dual launching is first in the Province of Misamis Occidental and second in Region 10 after Misamis Oriental and 55th in the country.
The establishment of Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide is anchored on the provisions of RA 10644, an “Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth Through the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,” also known as the “Go Negosyo Act,” authored by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino.
The Negosyo Center will be responsible for promoting ease of doing business and facilitating access to services for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) within its jurisdiction.
It will particularly provide services, such as Business Registration, Business Advisory, Business Information and Advocacy, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. led Bag-ong Ozamiznons political architects and potential businessmen in gracing the occasion. They were joined by Paul Aguaviva, who represented 2nd District Representative Henry S. Oaminal, members of the city council, city officials, the Provincial SMED Council, the Ozamiz City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ozamiz City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, national line agencies, the academe, members of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants and several MSMEs.
Mayor Parojinog expressed confidence that the Negosyo Center will succeed in its purpose to the MSMEs and in helping prepare his constituents, the Bag-ong Ozamisnons, who are potential and existing entrepreneurs to be competitive in the emerging economic sophistication with the aim to become the commercial and government center of Misamis Occidental.
He thanked the DTI for partnering with the local government of Ozamiz to help boost its economy, attract more investors, provide employment to the people and contribute to the inclusive growth of the nation.
Parojinog said: “We should be thankful to the author of the Go Negosyo Act, Senator Bam Aquino, for his care to the micro, small and medium enterprises across the country.”
As a gesture of continuing support, he said, the LGU will build a “Training Room” to form part of the Negosyo Center.
In Oroqueta City, Mayor Jason Almonte stressed that his administration fully supports the programs of the DTI, especially in the implementation of the Go Negosyo Act.
He looked forward to having new investment facilitation activities in the city with the “attractive presence” of the Negosyo Center.
Almonte also expressed his thanks to the DTI family, to the efforts of Senator Aquino, the support of the city council and to the partners and stakeholders for establishing yet another enabling landmark in the “City of Good Life” for the MSMEs.
Meanwhile, Provincial Governor Herminia Ramiro, who was in Manila delivered her message through her representative Gerardo O. Ruben.
Her message said that every concern of the DTI Provincial Office, as long as it is reported to her office, shall be acted immediately, because DTI has been a “very good partner of the provincial government in the implementation of various programs and projects.”
In both of the launchings, DTI Regional Director Linda Boniao expressed her whole-hearted thanks and appreciation to the hospitality and support of the two local government units.
She made clear the role of the Negosyo Center to the MSMEs in their respective jurisdictions down to the functions and services at the frontline.
DTI consultant Joan Cybil Yao said RA 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act answers the needs of the MSMEs, which account for more than 99% of all establishments in the country and which also comprise 66% of the country’s total employment in the private sector.
Provincial Director Delia M. Ayano led partners to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. (With a report from Methusael B. Lumantas/DTI)