Consistent with the 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Duterte Administration and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind, the DTI launched the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) Program to reach out to the underserved communities and bring business development where they are most needed.

The NSB Program extends ease of doing business to barangays within the 4th, 5th, and 6th income classification municipalities in the country. It is aimed at promoting a more inclusive MSME development that will ensure stronger value chain linkages of our industries, encourage dynamic entrepreneurial activities at the barangay level, and capacitate more entrepreneurs to scale up their operations. It supports whole of government approach wherein public agencies related to supporting inclusive business ecosystem work across portfolio boundaries and mandate to encourage entrepreneurial activities and integrated government assistance.

Through this initiative, DTI field offices will capacitate the Barangay Development Councils to be able to assist clients in the locality in availing services provided by DTI.

The strategic objectives of the program include promoting awareness on DTI Negosyo Center services to the barangay officials, identifying MSMEs operating within barangays preferably from the 4th, 5th, and 6th income classification municipalities, and conducting business development assistance and services in the identified barangays. The program also intends to develop 200,000 new enterprises expected to provide more than 500,000 new jobs by 2022 in support of DTI’s goals under the MSME Development Plan 2017-2022.

The NSB Program expands and complements the 1,701 Negosyo Centers (as of June 30, 2019) serving our MSMEs in cities and municipalities nationwide. For 2019, the Regional and Provincial Offices already started conducting NSB Program orientation and other related activities in their communities. To date, the DTI field offices have already conducted NSB Program sessions covering 589 barangays which gathered 28,199 participants.

Aside from trainings and seminars, Regional Offices, through the NSB Program, also see the possibility of creating NSB Desks in Barangay Town Halls where potential and existing entrepreneurs have a more convenient avenue to seek assistance in doing business.

MSMEs are encouraged to visit the nearest Negosyo Centers or DTI Regional / Provincial Offices in their area to know more about the program and sign up for the upcoming activities.♦

Date of Release: 2 August 2019