Negosyo program draws over 17,000 biz owners, workers

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AROUND 17,881 micro-entrepreneurs and affected workers have submitted their applications for the Cebu Provincial Government’s Sugbo Negosyo program.

The program aims to provide assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them bounce back after their operations were affected by the lockdowns imposed since March 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Through the program, MSME operators affected by the Covid-19 pandemic or those who lost their jobs because of the pandemic will have the opportunity to start over.

The submission of applications ended last Nov. 6, 2020.

After receiving the applications, Cebu Vice Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III and members of the Provincial Board (PB) will start screening the applicants to determine who can receive the aid.

Based on the program’s guidelines, the applications will be divided into three categories: Category A for those who will receive assistance through raw materials and supplies worth

P50,000, Category B for those who will receive P20,000 in assistance and Category C for those who will receive P10,000.

Category A or “Negosyong Padayonon” is intended for established MSME operators that need recovery assistance and enhancement.

Category B or “Produktong Sugbuanon” is for new and existing MSME operators engaged in manufacturing or processing.

Finally, Category C or “Mga Serbisyo ug Gagmay’ng Patigayon” are for new and existing MSME operators engaged in trading and services.

Aside from screening and evaluation, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia also tasked Davide and the PB members to categorize the types of businesses that applied for the program.

This way, Davide and the PB members can evaluate the needs of the applicants and facilitate product matching with suppliers.

At least 30 suppliers have already made their commitment to participate in the program following a meeting with Garcia last Nov. 3.

Garcia also committed to the suppliers that they will be paid for their services.

She will meet with the suppliers for the formal agreement signing this week. (ANV / JKV)