Central Luzon registers highest number of brgy enterprises

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Central Luzon had the most number of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) in the country that were registered through the Negosyo Centers.

“A total of 2,240 BMBEs registered in the 64 Negosyo Centers spread throughout the region. This represents 20% of all the 12,197 BMBEs registered in the country last year,” Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Judith Angeles disclosed.

CALABARZON placed second nationwide with 2,126 registered BMBEs followed by National Capital Region with 1,861 and Western Visayas with 1,153.

In Central Luzon, Zambales had the most number of BMBEs registered in 2017 with 691 followed by Nueva Ecija-384, Pampanga-259, Bulacan-258, Bataan-257, Aurora-211 and Tarlac-180.

Under Republic Act 9178, establishments registered as BMBEs are provided with incentives such as tax exemption from the operation of the business, exemption from the Minimum Wage Law, priority in Special Loan Windows of financial institutions and technical assistance to increase their productivity. (CLJD-PIA 3)