Some 100,000 existing and potential micro small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) were assisted last year by Negosyo Centers in Central Luzon.
Based on the report of the SME Development Division of the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office 3 (DTI-3), a total of 102,339 clients were assisted in the 94 Negosyo Centers in the region.
Of the total figure, 28,165 clients were assisted in Bulacan while 17,657 entrepreneurs were served in Pampanga.
In Nueva Ecija, Negosyo Centers assisted 17,481 clients while Bataan centers served 12,777 clients.
Negosyo Centers in Tarlac assisted 11,499 clients while Negosyo Centers in Zambales had 11,204 clients.
Meanwhile, Aurora Negosyo Centers assisted 3,556 clients in 2018.
DTI Regional Director Judith P. Angeles on Monday said that aside from business consultancy and advisory services, other types of assistance provided to the Central Luzon MSMEs included business name registration (BNR) assistance and registration as barangay micro business enterprises (BMBEs).
“A total of 66,611 business names in Region 3 were registered in 2018 through the different Negosyo Centers of DTI, Angeles said in media interview.
Bulacan remained as the province with the most number of business name registered in the Negosyo Centers with 19,942, followed by Nueva Ecija with 13,512 and Pampanga with 10,616.
Zambales had 8,016 BNRs while Tarlac had 7,192 and Bataan had 5,581. Aurora registered 1,752 business names in 2018.
In addition, she said a record of 2,983 enterprises in Central Luzon were registered as BMBEs in 2018 through the Negosyo Centers in the region.
Under Republic Act 9178, enterprises registered under the BMBE category are provided incentives such as tax exemption from the operations of the business, minimum wage exemption, priority in technical assistance from government agencies and priority in the special loan window facility of financial institutions.
Angeles reminded potential and existing entrepreneurs in the region to visit Negosyo Centers to avail of the free services of the centers.
“These services include business advisory, business name registration, training, product development services and other assistance for MSMEs,” she added. (PNA)
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