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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) lauds the efforts and strong commitment of the Quezon City (QC) Government in streamlining its operations to speed up the processing of business registration and construction-related permits. 

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Chair of the government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Ease of Doing Business, explained that the drastic process re-engineering in QC, the local government unit (LGU) with the most number of businesses, is critical because it is the sample city included in the Doing Business Survey, conducted yearly by the World Bank, to gauge the overall competitiveness of the Philippines as a nation, using the cost and ease of doing business as a criterion.

QC Mayor Herbert Bautista issued Executive Order (EO) 11 on December 22, 2017 mandating the creation of One-stop Shops, where new businesses can file and pay their application for business permits, including Fire Safety Inspection Certificates, following a 2-step procedure where applicants can get their permit in less than two hours. Applicants need not to go to different offices to obtain business permit and other clearances and but instead transact in a single location.

“The EO signed by the Local Chief Executive provides for reduction in the steps and requirements, and the use of automation. But we need to leapfrog. The effort of the QC shall be complemented by efforts in the national level. Together with the DICT, we are looking at developing a fully electronic registration process using Smartphone App. This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to become one of the first countries to adopt a business registration process that can be completed (end to end) on a smart phone”, Lopez said.

Similar with business permits, a one-stop shop dedicated for construction-related permits is also being established, which will co-locate the different city/municipal offices that process building permits and certificates of occupancy, headed by the Office of the Building Official, and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in one place. This is expected to be operational by end of February 2018.

These reforms are seen to significantly improve Philippines’ ranking in Doing Business (DB) Report, where the country dropped 14 notches to No. 113 last year. For Starting a Business indicator, Philippines recorded a dismal No. 173. Quezon City, with an estimated 74,000 registered establishments, represents the country in the survey.♦

11th Negosyo Center in Muntinlupa, NCR
Opening the Negosyo Center in Muntinlupa City are (from L-R) Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office (LEIPO) Officer Garry Llamas, Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon, Muntinlupa Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Officer Elvie Sanchez-Quizon, Undersecretary Maglaya, Muntinlupa City Mayor Frenesdi, Muntinlupa Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry Officer Chito Borromeo, City Administrator Eng. Allan Canchuela, DTI-NCRO Area II Head Rowena San Jose, and Muntinlupa City Councilor Dhes Arevalo.
 
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently opened the 11th Negosyo Center in National Capital Region (NCR) at the Plaza Central in Poblacion, Muntinlupa City to promote local entrepreneurship and provide one-stop shop assistance to micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the city. DTI-Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya acknowledged the efforts of the Muntinlupa Local Government in providing assistance to MSMEs, which facilitate local job creation, production and trade in the city.
 
On the other hand, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Frenesdi said that Muntinlupa is always a willing partner of DTI as he encouraged entrepreneurs to maximize the services offered in the Negosyo Center, which will equip them with the know-how and how-tos of entrepreneurship needed to upscale their businesses.
 
The launching of these Negosyo Centers are in line with the Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act which aims to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); promote ease of doing business; facilitate access to grants and other forms of financial assistance to MSMEs; provide access to Shared Service Facilities (SSF) and other equipment; and other support for MSMEs through national government agencies (NGAs); business registration assistance; ensure management guidance; assistance and improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs; and facilitate market access and linkaging services for entrepreneurs.♦

DTI Sec Ramon Lopez and Villar Sipag leads Kapatid Mentor ME launching in Las Piñas. 

Following the order of President Duterte to provide progress and prosperity for MSMEs, we have a framework in DTI that we call 7Ms—ang tatlo dito mangyayari na po ngayon.”

This was the promise of DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez to the mentees and participants of the Kapatid Mentor ME launching in Las Piñas City last Thursday as he promotes DTI’s 7Ms of a Successful Entrepreneur—which outlines 7 components an entrepreneurs needs to start up, sustain, expand, and internationalize their business, as well as innovate smarter ways to enhance their productivity and profitability. “We want to teach entrepreneurs to be smarter. Masipag na, matiyaga na, matalino pa,” Sec. Lopez said.

The Trade chief highlighted the importance of these 3 basic components: Mindset Changing, Mastery and Mentoring, which will be offered for free in the Kapatid Mentor ME program through the one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions available in over 540 Negosyo Centers nationwide. As the mentees learn the basic know-how of entrepreneurship straight from respected business experts, Lopez advised the mentees to continuously embrace their passion as they grow their business.

GO Negosyo Founder and current Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion also graced the event by sharing the principle behind the 14 years of Go Negosyo’s partnership with DTI, which was to forge “bayanihan” between large business players and the 99.6% of MSMEs. “Filipinos are not destined for poverty; poverty should be our greatest motivation. Our role is to inspire you that everyone CAN succeed in life,” Concepcion said.

The four other Ms: Money, Markets, Machines and Models, are now made more accessible and simplified for the MSMEs through the programs of DTI. Lopez also announced the recently rolled out P3 program, an alternative funding program that will enable MSMEs to access funds to develop their business. “May access na po tayo ngayun sa puhunan through the Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3. Panglaban natin ito sa mga 5-6 (loansharks) na tintakbuhan natin kung walang wala tayo—babaguhin na po natin yan ngayon. Dito sa P3 mababa ang interes, maikli ang form, walang collateral, and you can get your loan within the day.” Through the collaboration of national and local microfinancing partner institutions, P3 is now on full swing operation with microenterpreneurs as priority.

Sec. Lopez also announced DTI’s plan to expand the market by proposing an administrative order that will mandate groceries and supermarkets to allot 5% shelve space for the products of MSMEs, giving more chances for MSMEs to expose and promote their products.

Machine, another part of the 7Ms, is all about ensuring quality production which the Shared Services Facility (SSF) program of DTI offers. Senator and Managing Director of Villar SIPAG Foundation, Cynthia A. Villar also shares before the crowd how the Villar SIPAG Foundation became a recipient of the SSF project that enable the community to improve their production of local products. Sen. Villar shared how the foundation introduced and innovated methodologies to produce products from water Hyacinth and coco nets from coconut husks which was once a problem of Las Piñas. As a sign of their continuous support for DTI’s programs, Villar Sipag are also holding programs to educate and empower farmers in Villar Sipag Farm School to help them to be better business owners.

“One of the main thrusts of Villar SIPAG is to develop and nurture future and aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders who can make a difference in the society, providing skills and technical education to them and enabling them by linking them up with government and private networks to boost their success,” Villar said.

DTI-NCR Regional Director Anacleto C. Blanco, Jr. formally introduced the 20 mentees from Las Piñas who will undergo the 10-weeks mentoring program. Dir. Blanco shared the iniatitives of DTI-NCR to ensure a 100% graduation rate in all of its KMME programs. “One of the commitments is to religiously attend all the sessions. Yan po ang panawagan namin sa inyo para di tayo magkaproblema sa ating schedules. We in DTI-NCR took extraordinary measures to see to it na lahat ng mga mentees will go through all the modules, dahil requirement po ito bago kayo grumaduate,” Blanco said.

“Module 1: Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting and Values” and “Module 2: Marketing” which was discussed by KMME Mentors, Best-selling author Mr. Dean Pax Lapid and Milkin Corp. CEO Ricardo Cuna, followed immediately that afternoon. The mentees also attended one-on-one mentoring with their mentors in the Negosyo Center after the discussions.

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