‘Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay’, spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry, has reached out to a number of villages within the province to assist communities in engaging with small businesses. With a target of 87 villages this year, 78 villages were visited, and yielded a total of 8,714 participants as of Monday, October 14.
“During the village visits, we brought teams from the industry development division and the consumer protection division presenting to the public the programs and the services of the department, as well as the fair trade laws and advocacies of the consumer protection division,” states Mutya Eusores, senior trade and industry development specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry – Iloilo, in an article by the Philippine News Agency.
The initiative aims to empower communities and create jobs by 2020. Moreover, the ‘Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay’ criteria includes barangays in the 4th, 5th, and 6th income classification municipalities. In line with this, the program aspires to have a more inclusive development of micro, small, and medium sized enterprises.
In Iloilo, local government units joined in the initiative in disseminating information about business-related queries. So far, the ‘Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay’ has reached out to the following municipalities: Guimbal and Tubungan in the first district; San Miguel, Zarraga, and New Lucena in the second district; and Badiangan, Bingawan, and Mina in the third district; Anilao, Banate, and Dueňas in the fourth district; Balasan, Batad, Lemery, San Dionisio, and San Rafael in the fifth district.
The movement targets aspiring entrepreneurs whom the department can assist more through its Negosyo centers. Eusores shares that the program will not limit ‘recognition of clients to those geographically accessible, but even to the village level where existing businesses have potential’.
“Business is supposed to be sustainable. There should be a path of growth to be followed. On their part, they take it (on) a daily basis, which means that their income is only good for their consumption. The department also goes back to introduce to them the succeeding programs and activities of the DTI and even other partners (who) can provide them (with) technical assistance,” adds Eurores.