BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Another Negosyo Center is now open in Bayawan City.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here recently opened the Negosyo Center inside Bayawan City Hall to provide business advisory, business registration assistance and business information and advocacy services to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) owners in the city.
This is the third center established in the province and the first one to be launched outside Dumaguete City.
DTI-Negros Island Region (NIR) Director Astera Caberte spearheaded the launching ceremony on April 1 together with DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr. and the whole staff of DTI-Negros Oriental.
Also gracing the event were Engr. Gilbert Arbon, assistant regional director for finance and administration of Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NIR), Provincial Planning and Development Office head Sophie Arevalo, Bayawan City Mayor Ismael Martinez, City Administrator of Bayawan Atty. Rene Gaudiel, ICT-Dumaguete Executive Director Danah Fortunato and other city officials.
In her message, Caberte said establishing a Negosyo Center in Bayawan City is a recognition that the city is considered as one of the growth centers in the province.
The Go Negosyo Act mandates DTI to install Negosyo Centers in growth centers in every province throughout the country.
“With this Negosyo Center in Bayawan, they (MSMEs) will be given a venue to elevate their concerns. These Negosyo Centers will be manned by counsellors, advisers and fully supported by DTI,” Caberte added.
The DTI official disclosed that part of the strategies in the 2015 to 2017 Philippine Export Development Plan is to give more focus to MSMEs.
In relation to this, she announced that Bayawan City has a big potential and can contribute a lot in the country’s export industry.
Caberte noted that most of the processed foods are agri-based and Bayawan City can be part of this sector.
Processed foods like banana chips and beverages, coconut oil, and other electronic products belong to the champion quadrant of Philippine exports.
These constitute 28% of the total exports of the country.
On the other hand, processed fish products belong to the achievers quadrant and contribute 22% to the country’s total exports.
One of the known products of the city is the “lamayo” or semi-dried fish is included in the achievers quadrant.
Meanwhile, Fortunato hopes that with this kind of intervention, the city will be able to develop more food products.
He also expressed DTI’s commitment to help the city government in developing the food industry here since Bayawan is an agricultural city.
In response to this, City Mayor Ismael Martinez expressed his gratitude to DTI, saying that this intervention helps improve the economy of the city and will encourage residents of the city to embark on MSME business.
“This is a welcome event here. This gives opportunity to Bayawanons to go into business,” he said.
Martinez ended his short message by expressing the city government’s commitment to continuously support this initiative of DTI. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on April 6, 2016)