TO battle unemployment, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is pushing for the establishment of a micro-entrepreneur office to improve the people’s economic condition.
The city council has passed Ordinance No. 96 of 2013 establishing the micro and small enterprise development council, “but it has not been implemented until now,” she said.
“In my view, we should really endorse micro-entrepreneurship and help those micro-entrepreneurs to level up, help them with their product development, with marketing, training, and loans,” she said.
“It’s because I think the future lies to entrepreneurs in general,” Belmonte added.
She said many people are hesitant to start small businesses due to lack of capital and direct know-how, citing the need to put up a council to cater to their needs and interests.
The creation of such department would help the city government lower the incidence of poverty and unemployment and empower the residents to contribute to the city’s continued economic growth.
Under the ordinance, small business owners shall be exempted from paying registration fees and other fees for enterprises with a capital of not over P50,000, and skills development and training seminars on business management and marketing would be provided.