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Gov assures to continue Sugbo Negosyo if program succeeds
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Monday, January 18, 2021

If the first round of Sugbo Negosyo succeeds, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia committed to allocate funds and implement another round of the program.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will succeed, that this will really generate economic activities sa atong Probinsya because we will be observing this (in the) first and second quarters,” she said.

“If, in fact, makita nato nga maayo gyud ang dagan, masugdan dayon nato ang Part 2 aron mapun-an ang atong beneficiaries,” the governor added.

Sugbo Negosyo (Sustainable Upliftment and Growth through Business Opportunities), the micro-business assistance program of the Province meant to rejuvenate enterprises affected by the pandemic, has already kicked off.

Digital coupons were already distributed to the 8,253 recipients of the Province’s seven districts. The coupons were contained in a ‘Negosyo Kit’ along with a list of supplies needed for the business, digital card instruction, and list of accredited suppliers.

Rev Minimart, a supplier in Dumanjug town earned a total of P870,000 from the beneficiaries’ purchases in three days. The earnings were posted in WePay, a real-time reporting system on digital card transactions.

“Dili ni siya dako nga department store ha? Pero naka-generate siya og P800,000 sales in three days lang, meaning maka-benefit sad gyud ang atong mga local nga tindahan,” Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Chief Marivic Garces said.

The WePay live portal admin dashboard reported a total of P9,028,863 in transactions handled for the 79 partner-merchants, which rendered a wallet balance of P88.9 million, as of this writing.

“We’re doing this kay we’re working on a system nga kining atong mga supplier mabayran dayon. Paghatag nila sa billing ma-confirm dayon na diri sad sa ato nga data. I already met with Accounting, Treasury ug Budget nga i-facilitate gyud nga upon submission in two to three days at most mabayran na sila,” Governor Garcia said.

The governor called on the mayors to assist their constituents who are chosen beneficiaries of the program.

“Atong tabangan ang napili nga beneficiaries, constantly reminding them to see to it nga tinud-anay nga negosyo ang ilang pagabuhaton. Mahimo sad ni nga contest sa mga Provincial Board member ug sa Office sa Vice Governor kon hain nga negosyo ang makita gyud nga milambo. We will be drawing up a criteria para sa pagpili sa pinaka-maayo nga negosyo,” Garcia said.

She also called on more merchants to partner with the Province.

“Tuod duna ta’y beneficiaries pero nakatabang sad ta sa atong partners kay parehas sa Rev MiniMart, asa ka kakita’g P800,000 in three days? So, by doing this we are helping our beneficiaries, we are also helping our merchants,” Garcia continued.

Sugbo Negosyo is in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 for technical assistance and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) for business coaching to ensure entrepreneurial competencies.

The program, which provides cashless assistance, has a total allocation of P100 million with P15 million coursed through the Office of the Vice Governor and P5 million each for the 17 PB members.

Recipients use a digital coupon to purchase materials and equipment from accredited merchants or partner-suppliers. (Eleanor Valeros)