The National Food Authority and 15 local merchants committed to supply the goods, equipment and raw materials to the beneficiaries of “Sugbo Negosyo,” Cebu Provincial Government’s micro-enterprise assistance program.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Chief Marivic Garces disclosed this in a meeting Thursday, October 22 with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Steven Yu, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 Assistant Secretary Asteria “Aster” Caberte, and 6th District Provincial Board (PB) Member Glenn Anthony Soco who chairs the PB Committee on Commerce and Trade.
The materials will be redeemed through a digital coupon since the program’s assistance is in kind, not in cash, so recipients can make good use of the government-funded aid.
The coupons will have a Quick Response (QR) Code that will be easily scanned and provide details on goods on a so-called wish list of the micro-entrepreneur.
The goods or raw materials will be used for either a startup or the repurposing of a business heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of this writing, Sugbo Negosyo applications launched on September 30 have reached 4,700.
Of the applications received, 271 manifested their interest in starting a “sari-sari” (variety) store which falls under Category C on trading and services with a proposed grant of P10,000.
Assistance for Category A beneficiary businesses is worth P50,000 while P20,000 is allotted for Category B.
Category A is called “Negosyong Padayonon;” “Produktong Sugbuanon” for Category B, and “Mga Serbisyo ug Ginagmay’ng Patigayon” for Category C.
The Capitol allocated P100 million for the program to be released through the Offices of the 17 PB Members worth P5 million each and P15 million through the Office of the Vice Governor.
“For the supply, naa na man ni sa procurement system nga pwede siya basta assistance. Kinahanglan lang ni siya og resolution sa Board. Ang Provincial Government ug ang chosen suppliers will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement,” Soco said.
Under Section 4.5 of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Act, activities such as direct financial or material assistance given to beneficiaries in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations, and subject to the guidelines of the concerned agency do not require a bidding process.
Garcia is set to meet the PB on Monday, October 26 along with MCCI and DTI 7 to further discuss the details of the program as the schedule of the awarding of grants will be moved from November to December.
Mentoring of recipients will then follow with the help of business coaches from MCCI.
The merchants that will supply the program’s goods and raw materials include Savemore, Prince Warehouse, and Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall in Tabunok, Talisay City for groceries, Bellshayce Trading and Virginia Foods Corporation for meat or processed foods, Ong Kin King and Cebu Commercial Equipment Spadina Trading, Inc. for cooking or baking pastries, Cebu Home Builders for hardware needs, Crismark General Merchandise and Angels Sportwear/T-shirts for garments or clothing, San Miguel Foods Corporation for dealers or merchants, Four Js Food Marketing for food marketing, NRU Trading for agrivet feeds and supplies, Raynan Sea Transport and NJ Aquatic Resources Development, Inc./Junida Fish Port for fishing products, and Habagat Outdoor Equipment for outdoor and tourism products.
The National Food Authority is the program’s partner for the supply of rice. (Eleanor Valeros)