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‘Sugbo Negosyo’ features organic food businesses.

The Cebu provincial government said on Tuesday that the top three winners of its Sugbo Negosyo program, which was launched during the height of the epidemic to assist struggling small businesses with their financing needs, have each received at least PHP1.7 million.

Renan Alquizola of Barili, southern Cebu, now owns a half-million pesos after winning the Sugbo Negosyo Season 1 top prize at the Capitol Social Hall here on Monday night.

Alquizola stated during the event that he founded Nature Living Cebu Food Processing in honor of his father, who died of cancer.

Alquizola stated that he chose to make organic foods in order to improve people’s eating habits and promote healthy eating.

Among other things, he makes granola, cacao nib goods, peanut butter, and quinoa as a rice substitute.

Alquizola was awarded PHP500,000 in digital vouchers, which he can use at the program’s merchant partners.

Elda Igot of Sogod, northern Cebu, took second place. Igot, the owner of Igot’s Catering, was awarded PHP300,000 in digital vouchers.

Lora Evalca of Mandaue City won third place and received PHP200,000 in digital coupons.

Evalca makes a variety of sauces and dips, including Szechuan sauce and hummus dip.

The remaining seven finalists in the microenterprise aid program, which began in September 2020, received digital coupons worth PHP100,000 each.

Lorenzo Nial of Coco Hub in Pinamungajan; Ireneo Legaspina Jr. of Cosina Organica By the Sea in Alegria; Verliza Rio of Rio’s Rattan Furniture in Talisay City; Lord Alexander de la Rama of Bakerlane Bakery in Medellin; Francis Rey Becaldo of Buena Cusina in Minglanilla; Lorna Dy of Tableya Dy Bawo in Sogod;

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