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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Bam Aquino arriving today

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV will be in Bacolod today to conduct monitoring and inspection of the Negosyo Centers in the province.

Negros Occidental head Lea Gonzales of the Department of Trade and Industry said Sen. Aquino will check the situation of the negosyo centers and identify the aspects to be improved in the program.

This Negosyo Centers were created under the RA 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act that aims to strengthen Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through giving incentives, benefits and support to enhance their business performance, and that Aquino authored.

Gonzales said the senator will also talk to the MSME entrepreneurs to share inputs to further improve their business as most of them were start-up businessmen.

The DTI provincial head also said that Negosyo Centers in Negros Occidental will also highlight several partners in the industry like the Association of Negros Producers, Association of Negros Occidental Food Processor and ONOPRA because they go out of the way to assist these entrepreneurs and acted as their business counselors.

The DTI-Negros Occidental will also ask Aquino to create plantilla positions for those who regularly monitor the local Negosyo Centers.

“We just hire contractual business consultants but they do not stay for long and the trainings given to them will just go to waste because they do not have permanent employment in the office,” She said.

Meanwhile, DTI sent four representatives from the provinceyesterday to Cebu to attend the training of business counselors, which is also under the program of Go Negosyo.

Gonzales said thisis part of Aquino's nationwide inspection of Negosyo Centers.*Mark L. Garcia



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