CL Negosyo Centers assist 100k existing, potential MSMEs

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — About 100,000 existing and potential micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in Central Luzon were assisted by the 94 Negosyo Centers in 2018.

“A significant number of these MSMEs are in Bulacan with 28,165 clients assisted while Pampanga Negosyo Centers assisted 17,657 entrepreneurs,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Judith P. Angeles disclosed.

Those in Nueva Ecija assisted 17,481 clients while Bataan centers served 12,777 clients.

Negosyo Centers in Tarlac, on the other hand, assisted 11,499 clients while those in Zambales had 11,204 clients. Aurora Negosyo Centers assisted 3,556 clients.

“Aside from Business Consultancy and Advisory Services, other types of assistance provided to the Central Luzon MSMEs include Business Name Registration (BNR) assistance and registration as Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs),” Angeles added.

A total of 66,611 Business Names in Region 3 were registered in 2018 through the different Negosyo Centers of DTI.

Bulacan remained as the province with the most number of BN 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 addition, a record 2,983 enterprises in Central Luzon were registered as BMBEs in 2018 through the Negosyo Centers in the region.

“Under Republic Act No. 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 furthered.

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