DTI-11 to adapt new technology to assist new entreps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region is planning to put in place a Data Banking and Analytics, a system that makes it easier for prospective buyers identify what products and services are available in the region.

Speaking in Wednesday’s Habi at Kape at the Abreeza of the Ayala Malls, DTI-Davao City director Edwin Banquerigo said that the new systems is eyed to be implemented this year gives the business sector “a better look at the business situationer” in the region.

He added they will collect data from six areas, namely: Davao City, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Mati City in Davao Oriental, Digos City in Davao del Sur, Nabunturan in Compostela Valley, and Malita in Davao Occidental.

He added that they will seek help from the executives of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Davao to materialize the plans on this facility that will be integrated to the Negosyo Center.

The trade official is also planning to roll out a virtual assistant for the Negosyo Center that allows individuals interested to hatch a business an access to the training modules in a bid to widen the reach of the center to up and coming entrepreneurs.

The DTI is also planning to establish 15 more Negosyo Centers this year in a bid to assist entrepreneurs start and manage their business.

“The opening of Negosyo Centers in Davao Region shall facilitate business entry and sustainability through provision of services to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSMEs),” said DTI 11 director Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi, in her presentation during the Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 recently.

She said six Negosyo Centers were put up last year in the region – Davao City, Digos City in Davao del Sur, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Mati and Cateel in Davao Oriental and Nabunturan in Compostela Valley.

She added that the establishment of these centers came following the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10644, also known as the Go Negosyo Act.

This, she said, promotes job generation and inclusive growth through the development of SMEs.

According to Sec. 4 of RA 10644, the center also coordinates and facilitates processes of government related to the set-up and management of MSMEs; accept and facilitate all registration application of MSMEs; coordinate with the respective local government units (LGUs) and liaise with concerned government agencies to process the duly accomplished forms submitted by the MSMEs.

Based on the record of DTI 11, The number of new micro, small, and medium enterprises reached 14,565 last year, of which 12,305 or equivalent to 84 percent were new.