TALISAY CITY- Emelinda Tayad, 59, is among the 8,000 beneficiaries of the SUGBO Negosyo program by the Cebu Provincial Government.
The mother of five received Php 10,000 under the “Mga Serbisyo ug Ginagmay’ng Patigayon” category from the office of the Provincial Board Member Yolanda Daan.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa programang ito, dahil noong lockdown akala ko wala na talaga lahat. Ito’y patunay na may blessings talaga na dumadating,” said Tayad on Friday, February 18, during the conduct of enterprise development seminar by DTI Cebu in Tabunok, Talisay.
Tayad settled in Cebu from Tarlac in 1989 for a living. Her husband worked for a coffin industry which later on started his own business to such.
During the pandemic, her daughter, who worked for a kitchen industry in Dubai has stopped sending the family money for a while. Tayad 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.
“It was during the last day ng pagsubmit ng applications nang ako’y makabalita sa SUGBO Negosyo pero sinubukan ko din naman,” she added.
Sugbo Negosyo is a livelihood assistance program of the Cebu Provincial Government in partnership with the DTI Region 7 Central Visayas and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The capitol has allocated PHP100 million for the program released through the 17 provincial board members worth PHP5 million each, and PHP15 million through the Office of the Vice Governor Junjun Davide.
The Sugbo Negosyo Cards, which Tayad received, will be used to purchase goods for the business operations and livelihood affected by the pandemic. Other categories include “Negosyo Padayon” worth Php 50,000 and “Produktong Sugboanon” worth Php 20,000.
“Hindi ko ma-explain kung ano ang naramdaman ko noong ako’y natawagan bilang qualified beneficiary. Natanggap ko ang voucher noong January, at ngayon ako’y pursigidong umattend sa seminar ng DTI para madagdagan ang aking kaalaman sa pagnegosyo,” she said.
DTI, through its Negosyo Centers, has conducted 17 seminars in February to provide the eligible beneficiaries with Entrepreneurship Development Seminars, facilitate Business Name and Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE) Registrations, and assist in other appropriate Business Development Services to improve their businesses.
This is part of DTI Regional Operations Group Asec. Aster Caberte’s commitment to the program during its launch last September 2020.
“Nakabili na ako ng added supplies para sa aking tindahan sa natanggap ko na Php 10,000 at ako ngayo’y kumikita ng extra Php 2,000. Maraming salamat talaga,” Tayad concluded. (DTI Cebu)