The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) needs a staff to man its Negosyo Center in El Nido after the previous personnel vacated the post in January this year.

The former employee had her contract only until December 2018.

Welson Paz, DTI specialist, said there are already 12 Negosyo Centers (NC) in Palawan

“For this year, alam natin na medyo late na-approve ang ating pondo, ang ating budget for 2019. Hindi natin kaya kung maglalagay tayo sa ibang munisipyo na wala pang Negosyo Center pero continuous ‘yong pagko-coordinate natin sa mga munisipyo na ‘yon dahil meron dapat na mabigay ang LGU na counterpart,” Paz said.

Paz said they want a local resident to man their office in El Nido to lower the cost of living in town.

He said they had an applicant last week but failed to pass the examination.

We are also looking at competent and qualified personnel to be assigned to the El Nido Negosyo Center in Dumaran, Araceli, Cagayancillo, Linapacan, Kalayaan, and Balabac, he said.

Applicants should be with or without Civil Service eligibility, but it will help to fill the available plantilla position inside the agency.

Applicants must also be a graduate of any 4-year course but not preferably a business major only.

He or she must also pass the provincial and regional examinations and the interview, Paz said.

DTI hoped that they could have Negosyo Centers in island municipalities to deliver the service of DTI directly to the businesses of the towns.

Paz said the Negosyo Centers will help business owners in saving time on registering their business names since they no longer have to travel to Puerto Princesa City.

Negosyo Centers can also help entrepreneurs with Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their products such as packaging and product quality.

He said the DTI is also helping the potential of local products to be included in trade fairs like the upcoming MIMAROPA Naturally 2019, where business owners will have the chance to meet direct clients.

“Sa mga negosyante na may MSMEs product halimbawa yong kasuy, handicraft, mga banana chip nila na tingin natin ay may potential na ma-improve, ito ay natutulungan din ng Negosyo Center sa product quality, packaging. Sa mga pa-trainings, mga staff na rin natin ang nagpo-propose para ma-uplift ang skills,” he said.

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