Northern Mindanao will have 15 additional Negosyo Centers (NCs) this year through the Department of Trade and Industry in Region 10 (DTI-10). DTI Bukidnon is set to launch five (5) NCs, DTI- Lanao del Norte targets four (4) NCs, while both Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental are to establish three (3) more NCs each before 2018 ends.

There are already 805 NCs nationwide. With only 28 NCs maintained in the region in 2016, DTI-10 managed to launch 26 NCs last year. Today, 54 operating NCs serve Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) all over the region.

Republic Act No. 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act”, signed into law by former President Benigno S. Aquino III, pushed the establishment and the continuous development of the NCs. This act seeks to create more employment opportunities by strengthening the capability and knowledge of MSMEs. The services under these centers are not limited to training provision. MSMEs can get business registration assistance, business information and advocacy, business advisory, and business evaluation. They can also avail of services such as technology transfers, marketing assistance, among others.

Just recently, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the DTI inked an agreement that will provide free internet and online learning in selected Negosyo Centers nationwide. To aide this movement, NCs nationwide are set to strengthen digital literacy through e-commerce and website development for MSMEs.

Aside from this, 43,189 clients were assisted in 2017 through the region’s 54 NCs. Through these centers, a total of Php 41.8M worth of micro loans were released to 98 MSMEs through Financial Institutions (FIs) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs). Meanwhile, 1,673 qualified clients were also able to avail of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) micro financing through the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) in the same year.

In the province of Bukidnon, NCs maintained are in the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and in the municipalities of Maramag, Manolo Fortich, Don Carlos, Talakag, Impasug-ong, Lantapan, Malitbog, San Fernando, Kalilangan and in Dangcagan; in Camiguin, the operational NCs are in Mambajao, Mahinog, Catarman, Sagay, and Guinsiliban; meanwhile, in Lanao del Norte, the NCs maintained are in Iligan City, Tubod, MSU-IIT, Kapatagan, Lala, Linamon, Baroy, Balo-i, Kolambugan, Kauswagan, Bacolod and in Sultan Naga Dimaporo; the NCs in Misamis Occidental are located in Ozamiz City, Oroquieta City, Plaridel, Jimenez, Calamba, Tudela, Aloran, Bonifacio and in Tangub City; In Misamis Oriental, there are operational NCs in Cagayan de Oro, Claveria, El Salvador, Laguindingan, Opol, Alubijid, Lugait, Tagoloan, Medina, Magsaysay, Balingasag, Talisayan, Binuangan, Jasaan, Sugbungcogon and in the Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro (LGU).

Meanwhile, to strengthen support to MSMEs, NC business councilors and their counterparts in the LGUs, as well as selected DTI regular staff, underwent trainings last year under the Small Business Councilors’ Course (SBCC) focusing on Diagnostic and Strategizing for an Enterprise (SBCC 101) and on Strategic Marketing (SBCC 103).

This year, NC Business councilors and their counterparts in the LGU will go through the remaining trainings under SBCC, specifically on Business Environment (SBCC 102); Operations Management (SBCC 104); Financial Management (SBCC 105); and Investment Promotion (SBCC 106).♦


Date of release: 20 March 2018

DTI- Camiguin Provincial Office conducted Information and Education Campaign to selected Grade 8 & 9 students in four schools in the municipality of Mambajao, namely: Tupsan National High School, Mambajao National High School, Kuguita Integrated School and Mambajao National High School. It is a half day activity and was conducted last February 21-22, 2018.

The focus of the information and education campaign is to inform consumers at an early age of their rights so that consumer laws and regulations gets implemented accordingly.

The forum is also timely for students to prepare on one of the highlights of the consumer month celebration observed every October, that is the Consumer Quiz for high School students. Consumer month celebration reminds us how important consumers and their vulnerabilities in the market place.

The activity was spearheaded by the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of DTI to emphasize on the importance of consumer protection and consumer empowerment among the youth. As consumers, we have the right to basic and prime commodities at affordable prices and of good quality, to be protected against the marketing of goods or the provision of services that are hazardous to health and life, to be protected against dishonest or misleading advertising or labeling, and to be compensated for misrepresentation, shoddy goods or unsatisfactory services, among others.♦

P3 Turnover Marawi

ILIGAN – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded 1,500 livelihood packages as well as 0%-interest microfinance loans to the internally displaced people (IDP) of the Marawi siege during the DTI Negosyo Seminar Para sa Marawi on 30 January 2018.

“We want to assure the IDPs that President Duterte’s administration continues to provide more business and livelihood opportunities through the DTI Negosyo Seminars being given to help them recover soon,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

There were 1,500 participants and beneficiaries who attended the Negosyo Seminar. One of them was Mr. Alikman Nata, who intends to share the benefits of the livelihood package to his group, the Lanao Muslim Youth Association.

As the head of Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee in Business and Livelihood, DTI had earlier distributed 588 livelihood packages and conducted Negosyo trainings to 1,963 IDPs as of December 2017. There were also 240 beneficiaries who were linked to financial institutions.

The Department also allocated Php 50 million this year to fund the Shared Service Facilities (SSF), providing Maranao entrepreneurs with facilities and knowledge that match their business needs. This is apart from the budget provision to support other Bangon Marawi programs in providing mobile rice mills, tricycles, vehicles, and the construction of public markets.

DTI flew in different business experts to teach business preparedness, opportunities spotting, product development and marketing, financial literacy, and franchising.

The beneficiaries were likewise briefed on the microfinancing loan programs of the government through the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), which developed a special 0%-interest microloan program for Marawi IDPs. This program has a grace period to help in the quick recovery of the IDPs. It started last December 2017 and has benefitted a total of 229 borrowers.

During the acceptance and distribution of transitory shelter units by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City, Sec. Lopez turned over the 0%-interest microfinance loan from SB Corp. to 150 beneficiaries, where 95 of them are public market vendors. The beneficiaries were represented by Ms. Rocaya Macabantog, Mr. Abbas Inidal, Mr. Allan Carimbaran, Mr. Acadon Macapundag, and Mr. Cosain Solaiman.

The 0%-interest microfinance loan program for the 150 beneficiaries amounted to Php 2.19 million. This is a part of the Php 100 million-fund under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) loans allocated for Marawi entrepreneurs by SB Corp, an attached agency of DTI.♦

Negosyo Seminar Iligan

In preparation of the annual religious and tourism event which is the Panaad 2018 in Camiguin during the Holy Week on March 26-30, 2018, a meeting was held last February 06, 2018 at the Camiguin Convention Center for the interagency sharing of responsibilities spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Camiguin. This meeting was presided by Provincial Governor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo and attended by all municipal mayors, technical staff and department heads.

DTI-Camiguin is one of the agencies tasked to technically assist the Provincial Government of Camiguin in managing the Souvenir Shops and traders who will display and will sell their products during the event at the Walkway to the Old Volcano located in Bonbon, Catarman, Camiguin.

The goal of this inter-agency meeting is to conduct a peaceful and an orderly conduct of the Panaad 2018, especially at the height of the incoming influx of tourists and guests during the Holy Week celebration.♦

Activity: DTI Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi
Date: 30 January 2018
Venue: MSU-IIT Gym, Iligan City
Participants: Over 1,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Of Marawi
Sponsoring Agency / Organization / Institution:
1. Department of Trade and Industry
2. Lanao Muslim Youth Association
3. College of Business Administration & Accountancy, MSU-IIT

With the destruction that Marawi City is experiencing, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are now asking on how they can recover from the devastation brought about by the war or how they can regain and begin their lives again.

The Task Force Bangon Marawi Sub-Committee on Business and Livelihood (TFBM-SCBL) headed by the Department of Trade and Industry continuously creates initiatives to allow the effective rehabilitation of the people of Marawi. Member-agencies are TESDA, DOLE, DSWD, DA, DAR, DENR, DOST, OPAPP and other international and local national organizations (INGOs/NGOs) and civil society organization (CSOs).

The “TF Bangon Marawi” programs initiated by the various government agencies are interventions in response to the clamor of the IDPs in helping them rebuild Marawi City and alleviate the lives of the affected families, not only in Marawi City but also in nearby municipalities.

Interventions include livelihood programs like conduct of trainings: skills training by TESDA and entrepreneurial trainings by DTI; provision of starter kits (DTI/TESDA); other livelihood projects from above-named agencies and financing assistance from SB Corporation.

The DTI Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi is one of the entrepreneurial trainings that will help the IDPs, businessmen or not:
1. To develop the correct mindset and the livelihood opportunities they can engage in; to identify related interventions such as marketing and product development for IDPs businesses;
2. To further improve the recovery of IDPs with the delivery of seminar and information regarding proposed loan programs/grants.

The pool of speakers are considered experts of their own fields:
1. Dr. Francisco “Dean Pax” E. Lapid
a. Chairman of SPAC Information Technology, Inc. – provider of IT business solutions and systems developer in US
b. Acclaimed as one of the professional speakers and business consultants in the Philippines
c. AMEN Pioneer mentor of the Phil. Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Foundation, Inc. Go Negosyo
d. Dean of Entrepreneurship Circle of Bo Sanchez’s Truly Rich Club
e. An Adjunct faculty of Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
f. Has a passion to become an instrument of change for others, a founding mentor of LEAD MORE Development Center, a learning organization created by mentors who design, develop and deliver entrepreneurship frameworks with the purpose of prospering entrepreneurs and professionals on the way to mastery.

2. Armand Quismoro Bengco
a. Hosts GMA News TV’s and Light Network’s Possibilities with Francisco Colayco and RHTV’s Seminar School Plus
b. Currently, the Manager of Colayco Foundation and KsK Cooperative, a multi-purpose investment cooperative
c. Part of the GoNegosyo-Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship
d. Member of the Board of Directors of OWN Equity Mutual Fund of Metrobank Group, One Wealthy Nation, and other 4 corporations.
3. Paulo M. Tibig
a. One of the sought after and celebrated motivational speaker who earned the moniker of “#EntrepChamp” because of his business knowledge and wisdom.
b. A regular resource person in National TV and Radio
c. Also known as “a man who walks the talk”
d. 2014 ASEAN Business Award Philippines, Young Entrepreneur Award

This Negosyo Seminar para sa Marawi is organized by DTI in collaboration with the Lanao Muslim Youth Association (LMYA) and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) of MSU-IIT.

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