In an effort to encourage people to engage in business, which consequently could provide employment as they become entrepreneurs, the Department of Trade and Industry and Maramag local government unit (LGU) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for setting up a ‘Negosyo Center’ in Maramag town.
Mayor Jose V. Obedencio said the LGU entered into a MOA agreeing to work hand-in-hand with DTI in promoting ease of doing business, and in facilitating access to services for local entrepreneurs within its jurisdiction through the Negosyo Center, as specified in SB Resolution No. 2016-50, approved by the Sangguniang Bayan.
The MOA stipulates that Maramag LGU shall provide a space for the Negosyo Center, assign a staff to man the center and facilitate the delivery of services, as well as conduct regular monitoring on the effectiveness of the services in the center.
DTI on the other hand shall provide the funding assistance for the renovation of the area, equip the LGU staff assigned in Negosyo Center with the necessary skills in business consultancy and advisory services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), prepare the Manual of Operations, promote the services of the center, assist in the generation of business information and industry data relevant to the needs of MSMEs, and provide technical support to capacitate the LGU, including prospective partners to sustainably manage and operate the center in accordance with the objectives of the Negosyo Center.
Republic Act 10644 also known as the “Go Negosyo Act” aims to foster national development, promote inclusive growth, and reduce poverty by encouraging the establishment of MSMEs local job creation, production and trade in the country.
DTI Provincial Director Ermedio J. Abang said the Negosyo Center in Maramag will have Model B facilities, and will provide the following services: Business Registration, Business Advisory, Business Information and Advocacy, Trade Facilitation and Capacity Building Programs for MSMEs.
Likewise, local officials said the establishment of Negosyo Center in Maramag is in line with the municipality’s vision of becoming the center for trade and commerce in the province of Bukidnon. (Famelah D. Villanueva, DTI/RLRB, PIA10, Bukidnon)