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Gov: Sugbo Negosyo benefits suppliers too
By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, November 6, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia met with Sugbo Negosyo suppliers to hear their concerns before signing their Memorandum of Agreement. (Lito Tecson)

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia urged suppliers’ commitment and cooperation in the implementation of Capitol’s Sugbo Negosyo as this is seen to benefit both program beneficiaries and suppliers. 

She assured that payment for the goods and materials claimed by Sugbo Negosyo beneficiaries through a digital voucher will be paid by the Capitol in a week’s time.

The governor met the suppliers Thursday, November 5 to hear their concerns before signing the Memorandum of Agreement between them and the Capitol next week.

The Capitol is set to hasten the payments of materials so this can be done in three to five days from the date of coupon redemption. 

“Ayaw namo’g kabalaka kay di pa man mi kinahanglan mangutang anang kwartaha, naa na man nang kwartaha na. We just need to be able to come up with a system nga madali ang pagbayad ninyo,” she said.

The governor asked the suppliers to submit a list of their products with the corresponding best price they can offer so they can grow as the enterprise beneficiaries grow. 

Sugbo Negosyo is a microenterprise assistance program of Cebu Province in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

It aims to promote “sustainable upliftment and growth” through business opportunities to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Province.

Through this program, Cebuanos who were greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will be given the opportunity to start their own business, make their own products or reboot their business operations. 

“Akong gitinguha nga as many suppliers as possible kay we are looking at businesses nga varied kaayo kini. It could range from food to manufacturing certain products or even crafts dunay himuon nga mga butang para sa balay, sapatos ba kaha ron og unsa pa. Mao ni atong buhaton mag Memorandum of Agreement ta. It will be the Province ang mubayad ninyo direkta,” she explained.

The Offices of the Vice Governor and the Provincial Board Members are tasked to screen, endorse, and approve applications to the program.

Once the beneficiaries from all seven districts of Cebu are identified, a matching will be conducted.

Beverly Dayanan, one of the Board of Directors of MCCI, said they will do the matching and classify according to each category namely Negosyong Padayonon for established microenterprises that need recovery assistance and enhancement; Produktong Sugboanon for aspiring microentrepreneurs who want to engage in manufacturing or processing of products; and Mga Serbisyo ug Ginagmayng Patigayon for microentrepreneurs engaged in trading or services.

She lauded the program saying it is timely, relevant, and a good way to come up with a “Sugboanong Produkto.” 

Garcia said Sugbo Negosyo might continue next year depending on the success of its first implementation. (Mylen Manto)