Sugbuanon, Sulong!
BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESS - Romelinda Garces (The Freeman) - October 15, 2020 - 12:00am

I am sure that the various quarantine modes have had us adjusting to its variances and somehow it has already made our resilience quite – flexible. Redundant as it may seem, I can’t seem to find a way to better describe how we have become.

Although I would want to think we are more balanced now, knowing the importance of taking on a life aside from the usual grind. Now things are getting back to the new normal and as we move towards that direction to resuscitate our economy, I hope we do not forget the lesson God has given us through this crisis, and that is to care more.

We are to be deeper in in our relationships. Sustaining the genuine concern that we forgot to feel when we were so busy with the demands of business or our jobs. We should continue to smile even if it is only our eyes for the moment that can convey that gesture.

I appreciate the move of our governor to spur the economy in the province through the Sugbo Negosyo program that hopes to reach entrepreneurs or would-be businessmen and women with livelihood projects. It is hoped that with the influx of capital to start up a small livelihood, those who have the drive to succeed in business will take on this opportunity that the government is extending.

I emphasized on the drive because this is not a dole-out project.  It is investing on the willingness of a person to shed off apathy and dependence, and take charge of his or her future with this starter from our governor.

This, for me is a gesture of her concern for the province. A great leap actually considering how the coffers of the country seems to be ailing with the many expenses that had to be tackled  due to the pandemic. As usual, this zealous lady of a governor that we have is undaunted and in her mother’s heart she still wants to reach further and help her constituents to rebuild their lives.

In my recent visits to the province, I have seen the synergy of the capitol. No politics.  Just a steady partnership for Cebu. If that is not love for the province, I don’t know what you call it. Our untiring governor continues to extend her hand to boost the economy in spite of some personal crisis she may have suffered regarding the loss of two members of her family to COVID. In fact sometimes I think this is what has inspired her even more to make people wake up from fear and courageously face the new life we all have to meet head on.

With the provincial government in this program is the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the helm is its president, Steven Yu who through the trying times of COVID has continued to press on no matter how we, his friends sometimes rein him in to take caution. Well he does, but among his protocols is one big covering from God.

It is also worthy to note that the Department of Trade and Industry is working side by side with the chamber and the LGU. No less then ASEC Asteria Caberte, who is hands-on in this project along with her very active team, has added to the positive gait this project hopes to achieve.

For the interested participants, you may get in touch with your local board member’s office to see the mechanics of the project or visit the Sugbo Negosyo facebook page to get more details.

My hopes are high. I pray we all succeed. Sugbuanon, sulong!

 

rgarces@smg.sanmiguel.com.ph

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