Isabela Negosyo Center seen to boost local bamboo industry

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BACOLOD City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opened a Negosyo Center in Isabela, Negros Occidental yesterday. The center is seen to boost the bamboo industry in the southern part of the province.

Mayor Joselito Malabor – who led the opening rites of the Negosyo Center at the municipal hall – said the local government has been initiating measures to enhance the production of bamboo products.

Bamboo plantations cover the second biggest area, next to sugarcane farms, in the town, Malabor said.

The mayor hopes that the center will provide necessary development intervention programs to local bamboo farmers and entrepreneurs.

He added that these programs will enable farmers to “fully maximize the abundant supply of [bamboo] raw materials” in Isabela.

“We are thankful to the DTI for accommodating Isabela, the services to be provided by Negosyo Center will surely help our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to grow,” Malabor said. “Once our bamboo products are further developed, we will be able to explore bigger markets.”

DTI provincial director Lea Gonzales said the center will boost the local bamboo industry through product development and marketing support.

The center will also provide business name registration service to MSMEs in the town, which means that they do no longer need to go to Bacolod to register, Gonzales stressed.

The Isabela Negosyo Center is the 16th center opened in Negros Occidental since 2015.

The municipal government provided for the lot and the construction of the center while the DTI took charge of refurbishing, providing basic equipment and trainings.

The establishment of Negosyo Centers is under the provisions of Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, which aims to provide MSMEs the ease of doing business.

Negosyo Centers are also mandated to facilitate the access of grants and other forms of financial assistance, and shared services facilities for MSMEs.

This year, seven other Negosyo Centers were opened in Hinoba-an, La Castellana, Cauayan, EB Magalona, Himamaylan, Bago City, and Sipalay City.

Last year, Negosyo Centers were opened in Hinigaran town and the cities of Bacolod, San Carlos, Victorias, and La Carlota./PN
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