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Gov encourages creativity, competitiveness in MSME aid program
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Monday, August 24, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia, Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III, and the members of the Provincial Board meet with officials from DTI 7 and Philippine Veterans Bank to discuss the assistance program for MSMEs. (Junjie Mendoza)

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia seeks to challenge not just the spirit of entrepreneurship among Cebuanos but their spirit of creativity as well, and set the micro-business assistance program of the Cebu Provincial Government as a contest resembling the “Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog (SugBusog) vegetable gardening project through the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office.

Garcia deems it fit that spurring entrepreneurship among constituents should also encourage local sourcing of materials and coming up with an end product.  

“Ato nya ning i-add sa guidelines nga duna’y end product, dili kay mopalit og ukay-ukay nya ibaligya sad ang ukay-ukay, kanang mamalit og scarf unya ibaligya sad ang scarf. This should be something nga produktong Sugbuanon, unya locally sourced ang materials,” she said.

The governor pointed out that the assistance program is meant to help displaced workers pick up the pieces of their lives to resuscitate their livelihoods or start an economic enterprise.

“Daghan ang matagaan ani og hope ba, labi na ang atong mga OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) nga nawad-an og trabaho. This can help them restart,” Garcia added.

She recommended that a competition patterned after the SugBusog project will spark enthusiasm among participants wherein enterprises will be judged according to most creative product developments, the level of their success, and sustainability, to name some of the metrics.

Vice Governor Hilario Davide III and the 17 members of the Provincial Board (PB) graced the meeting last August 20 in a gesture of full cooperation to the initiative of Governor Garcia.

Funds worth P15 million is allocated to the Office of the Vice Governor for the micro-business assistance program for displaced workers and members of the marginalized sectors identified by the Social Welfare Development Office.

“All other budget needed – supplies and materials – will be taken from the funds of the Office of the Vice Governor, mao ni ang participation sa Office of the Vice Governor,” Garcia pointed out.

In Garcia’s Message of Hope during the 451st Founding Anniversary last August 6, she announced of fund allocation worth P15 million for Davide’s office and P5 million each for the PB members to reach out to micro and small enterprises following the guidelines of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The Capitol, in carrying out the micro-business enterprise, took cue from DTI’s “Negosyo sa Barangay Project” which jumpstarted in the third district through Rep. Pablo John Garcia’s “Panginabuhi Jud” project wherein entrepreneurs get P6,000 grant in “negosyo kit” assistance or coupons to be redeemed for goods essential in running the business.

The governor agrees that assistance should be in kind, not in financial form to discourage recipients from squandering the money.

“Init kaayo nang kwarta gud, basin adto ra na padulong sa tigbakay,” the governor quipped. (Eleanor Valeros)