Sari-sari store owner benefits from Sugbo Negosyo’s financial aid

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MICRO, small and medium businesses have continued to receive financial assistance from Cebu Province’s Sugbo Negosyo livelihood assistance program in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Cebu Provincial Government allocated P100 million for the program released through the 17 provincial board members worth P5 million each, and P15 million through the Office of the Vice Governor Hilario Davide III.

Emelinda Tayag, 59, who is among the 8,000 beneficiaries received P10,000 under the “Mga Serbisyo ug Ginagmay’ng Patigayon” category from the office of the Provincial board member Yolanda Daan.

“I’m very thankful for this program because during the lockdown, I thought we had lost everything. This is proof that blessings will indeed come,” Tayag, a mother of five, said on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 during an enterprise development seminar by the DTI Cebu in Tabunok, Talisay.

Tayag left Tarlac in 1989 and settled in Cebu for a living. Her husband worked in the coffin industry and later on started his own business.

During the pandemic, her daughter, who worked in the kitchen industry in Dubai, stopped sending the family money for a while.

Tayag decided to put up a sari-sari store in front of their house to sustain their needs on top of the husband’s fleeting sustenance.

The Sugbo Negosyo Cards, which Tayag received, will be used to purchase goods for her sari-sari store business.

Other categories in the program are “Negosyo Padayon” worth P50,000 and “Produktong Sugboanon” worth P20,000.

The DTI, through its Negosyo Centers, has conducted 17 seminars in February to provide the beneficiaries with entrepreneurship development seminars, facilitate business name and barangay micro business enterprise registrations and assist in other appropriate business development services to improve their businesses.

This is part of DTI Regional Operations Group assistant secretary Asteria Caberte’s commitment to the program during its launch in September 2020.

“I bought additional supplies for my store when I received my P10,000 assistance. Now I am earning P2,000,” Tayag said. (JOB with PR)