Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. on his first provincial visit after being named as DTI Secretary, met with the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) at the Bulacan Negosyo Center. “MSME development is a key priority of this administration. We will hasten programs that will support micro, small, and medium enterprises or MSMEs, including faster and more efficient transactions in doing business in the country,” he said. Cristobal said that while major reforms have been instituted to support ease of doing business in the country, the DTI will continue working with other government agencies to ensure that regulatory procedures are streamlined. “The way to go is to integrate services, systems, and services of government in one electronic platform, where enterprises can go through its business requirements,” he said. Cristobal vowed to drastically decrease steps to starting a business to three (3) steps in three (3) days in 2016 from 16 steps and 36 days in 2013.

SASCDepartment of Trade and Industry Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. signs the Oath of Office of the BCCI Officers after their induction last January 29, 2016 during his provincial visit in Bulacan.

Cristobal urged the BCCI to advocate with the Bulacan local government the hastening of the release of permits and clearances needed to start a business. Further, he cited the efforts of the BCCI in promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurship. The DTI has established 149 Negosyo Centers nationwide and projects 150 more centers to be established in 2016. Negosyo Centers support local entrepreneurs with, among others, business registration support through the Philippine Business Registry (PBR) System. DTI staff, or in the case of Bulacan, BCCI, also provides business advisory services, including information and consultancy to provide the entrepreneur with access to market finance and business development. The DTI through the Negosyo Centers monitor and evaluate the progress of SMEs. DTI-3 Regional Director Judith Angeles and provincial officials and Cynthia Abiol of the Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office joined Secretary Cristobal at the Bulacan Negosyo Center. They also visited the Bulacan Packaging Center, a recipient of DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF), and met with Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado. (END)