The Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with the Local Government of Pililia and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Pililia, launched the Negosyo Center Pililia at the Municipal Hall, Pililia, Rizal on 07 March 2017.

“The establishment of Negosyo Center in Pililia proves that the private and public sector are unified in promoting business and employment. Through the Negosyo Center, we want to help the existing businesses to excel, at the same time, to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs,” said DTI Rizal Director Mercedes A. Parreno.

Negosyo Centers are established to provide ease of doing business and facilitating access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction. The newly established Negosyo Center Pililia will provide business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information and advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation of business process for improvement of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), among others.

“We want to provide convenience to our townspeople by working with different government agencies to establish service centers like the Negosyo Center. Our people will not have to go to other towns or travel far to do transactions,” said Pililia Mayor Dan V. Masinsin.

Pililia is dubbed the Green Field Municipality of Rizal because it is surrounded by farms, small mountains, planes, and trees. It is a first class-urban municipality famous for its wind farm—a lane of 27 wind turbine generators that stand atop sloping hills.

“Pililia’s vision is to empower the people by providing economic services. Thus, to be economically empowered, we need to encourage more businesses in the municipality. DTI and our partner agencies and organizations are here to help our entrepreneurs to become more competitive,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

“Negosyo Center is an important mechanism to bring the business sector closer and to reach out to aspiring entrepreneurs,” added Toledo.

The launching was followed by the Negosyo Center-Pililia Caravan at the Audio Visual Room of the University of Rizal System-Pililia. The caravan aims to promote entrepreneurship, improve access to credit and market, and increase productivity and efficiency.

Jorge Noel Wieneke III, Founder of Kalye Negosyo and President of Wienna Foods Company, shared his entrepreneurial journey—from being a janitor to an owner of a company. Ms. Charo Ola of Manganyaman Gourmet Place gave her testimonial as a Rizal-based woman entrepreneur.

The caravan was attended by existing and aspiring MSMEs, LGU-Pililia staff, and students of URS-Pililia.