Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company, through its small-and-medium enterprise arm PLDT Smart SME Nation, has signed a joint project to power DTI's Negosyo Centres.
Negosyo Centres are a centralised facility for business registration, business advisory and information services. Besides offering networking opportunities dedicated to help starting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), they also offer seminars and training, marketing linkages, links to financing support, and monitoring and evaluation for its members.
Through the partnership, the existing 131 Negosyo Centres will soon be equipped with Smart Wi-Fi connectivity for all their guests, and a video monitoring solution.
On top of that, the local enterprises can also participate in community trainings, specialised talks and digital trainings organised by PLDT Smart SME Nation and DTI throughout the year.
"With this Negosyo Centre collaboration, PLDT Smart SME Nation can further help local entrepreneurs get started, grow, and contribute to the economic progress for our country," said Eric Alberto, PLDT and Smart EVP and Head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business.
DTI-Bureau of SME Development Director Jerry Clavesillas recognised the assistance provided by PLDT Smart SME Nation, and highlighted the importance of providing fast services to the local businesses through online transactions and access to information.
Meanwhile, Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV said during the Negosyo Centre partnership event in Pasig, "We hope that our entrepreneurs, particularly the micro- and small entrepreneurs, will have a place to go to for support, technological solutions, and access to larger markets thanks to our interconnected Negosyo Centers."
The existing Negosyo Centres are currently catering to 35,000 entrepreneurs. The DTI plans to expand its facilities to 150 by next year.
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