Zamboanga City – Senator Bam Aquino visited Zamboanga City last Thursday to launch the 4th Negosyo Center in the region and the 73rd in the country.
“We’re proud to have this center up in Zamboanga City. Alam po natin na napakaganda ng potensyal dito,” said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
Sen. Bam is the main author of Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, which mandates the creation of Negosyo Centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities in the country.
It is the Senator’s advocacy to achieve inclusive growth through enabling and empowering micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“For our MSMEs, it’s not about protection but about competition. It is about enabling them and giving them the support so they can compete in larger markets,” said the neophyte Senator, “How can they compete? They can compete kung meron silang puhunan, kaalaman, at access sa malalaking merkado.”
It is the objective of the newly inaugurated Negosyo Center, located at the DTI provincial office along Veteran’s Avenue, to provide access to bigger markets and financing for businesses while simplifying the business registration process.
As for the major challenge faced by Zamboanga’s entrepreneurs, the Senator hopes to work closely with the local government unit to look into the energy crisis.
“Kung walang kuryente, walang negosyo so I know how important it is,” he said, “We need to take a closer look at it. We will work with Mayor Beng Climaco and Chairman Chris Arnuco to figure out how to handle this better.”
Overall, Sen. Bam believes that spurring a thriving MSME sector is the key to spreading the economic surge the country is experiencing.
“We want to see our MSME succeed because if they are successful, they provide jobs, the local economy will grow, and we create value of our countrymen,” he said, “We’re hoping that through this center, we can provide tangible support to our MSMEs.”