TAGBILARAN CITY, June 25 (PIA)—Loon town spread another “rainbow after the storm” as it inaugurated the first Negosyo Center (NC) outside Tagbilaran, and opened the doors of countless business possibilities for its people, Tuesday June 21.
And for Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, the new facility would boost job creation and livelihood opportunities for Loonanons even as it further promotes ease of doing business in the town.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director and Boholana Asteria Caberte told the people at the launching of the new facility that would soon become the hub for business especially in facilitating access for micro-small and medium enterprises.
Mandated under the Go Negosyo Act, the NC in Loon is strategically set up in an identified growth areas in Bohol.
Loon has been picked as the hub of a new growth area in Bohol anchored with the setting up of Loon International Cruise Port and the Loon Tourism Enterprise Zone.
These development also triggers the need for a hub that would facilitate business registration assistance, render business advisory services, set up business information and advocacies, monitor and evaluate processes as well as liaise with offices for business facilitation, thus the Negosyo Center, DTI Bohol Provincial Director Maria Soledad Balistoy said.
A facility that would be supervised by the local Small Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Council along with DTI, the NC in Loon is strategic, emphasizes Caberte who added that the local MSME can now come to the center and avail of the services of a business counsellor.
“Through the NC, we can sit down and craft development plans,” Caberte, who is also instrumental in the setting up of the DTI Bohol and BIPC Bohol NCs added. “we hope that the NC can be maximized through its services.”
We hope we can help everyone, she intoned.
In his acceptance speech, Mayor Lopez, who would be assuming as the chief legislative, bared that his first legislative agenda would also be streamlining the Business Process and Licensing System (BPLS), to spur businesses.
Himself a witness as to how MSMEs get spooked by 16 documents to comply before getting a business permit, Mayor Lopez hinted how that can be an added burden for a people of a town worst hit by the earthquake.
In several areas too, the circuitous road to the compliance of a business permit has forced several small business to just skip the process and operate, without the necessary permits, losing precious government resources and investor confidence.
Lopez said he would review the existing ordinances and reduce the requirements by half.
He also proposed to pass an ordinance that would allow a new entrepreneur to start business even with only 3-4 requirements passed.
The rest of the requirements however have to be complied within the next 60 days or the business faces closure and revocation of temporary permit, he said.
Also invited at the launching were SMED partners including the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry represented by Mayette Gasatan, Maria Fe Dominese who represented Gov Edgar Chatto, DOST, DA, TESDA and DILG. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)