Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop for services that caters to the entrepreneurs’ need in processing requirements to establish a business, and in accessing information essential for their growth. It will be the ones responsible for promoting “ease of doing business and facilitating access to services for MSMEs within its jurisdiction”.
Republic Act No. 10644 otherwise known as “Go Negosyo Act”, seeks to strengthen micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to create more job opportunities in the country.
The Act was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 15, 2014. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) likewise issued Department Administrative Order No. 14-5 series of 2014: “Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. 10644”.
The establishment of the Centers is a provision in the Go Nesgosyo Act wherein the DTI has been given the key responsibility and challenge of establishing Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide.
The MSME Development (MSMED) Council shall encourage public-private partnerships in the establishment and management of Negosyo Centers. Coordination and collaboration with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other agencies and organizations are imperative to avoid duplication of efforts and to foster coordinated actions. The MSMED Council, thru the Department of Trade and Industry, is the coordinating and supervising body for all agencies involved in the establishment and operation of Negosyo Centers. It shall perform oversight functions and shall assign personnel to fulfill the functions of the Negosyo Centers.
The Members of the MSMED Council are Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and representatives from the MSMEs and women sectors and Small Business Corporation. There is an Advisory Unit whose members are government agencies, government and private financing institutions, labor and academe representatives.
An existing Center on the other hand may continue to operate as Negosyo Centers subject to the provisions of the “Go Negosyo Act” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.