Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV walked from his ancestral house to the municipal hall of Concepcion, Tarlac to formally cut the ribbon and open the 101st Negosyo Center in the country in his hometown on October 2, 2015.

Senator Aquino was joined in the opening ceremonies by Governor Victor A. Yap, Congressman Noel L. Villanueva of the third district of Tarlac, Concepcion Mayor Andy Lacson, Department of Trade and Industry Region 3 (DTI-3) Regional Director Judith P. Angeles, DTI Tarlac Provincial Director Agnes B. Ramirez, Concepcion Business Club President Oscar Alday, Philippine Chamber of Commerce Tarlac Chapter President Atty. Amalia Cayanan, other local government officials and representatives from agencies and local business groups.

In his message, the Senator from Tarlac stressed the importance of partnership between the private and public sector to enable Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country to grow. He cited instances in other regions where the linkages provided by the establishment of a Negosyo Center enable small entrepreneurs reach potential buyers, giving them ready access to market their products and allowing them to avail of other services of the centers.

During the program, DTI-3 Director Judith P. Angeles provided an overview of the Go Negosyo Act or Republic Act No. 10644. She outlined the services that will be provided by the center to MSMEs. In the case of the Concepcion Negosyo Center, it will be manned by a trained business counselor who will also provide design development services to the entrepreneurs of Concepcion, Tarlac.

Tarlac Governor Victor Yap, concurrently president of the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc., emphasized the cooperation and coordination that the provincial government has done with DTI and other agencies. He stated that these joint actions have helped lift the economic potential of the third district of Tarlac, aside from enhancing ease of doing business in the area.

Concepcion Mayor Andy Lacson expressed his gratitude for the support of Senator Bam Aquino, Congressman Villanueva, DTI and other agencies, and the local business groups who have been active in supporting the programs of the local government. He also said that the Negosyo Center will further enhance business in his municipality and that it will complement the presence of a One Stop Shop in the municipal hall. (END)