To help micro and small businesses weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quezon City Council approved the Kalingang QC Para sa Negosyo program of the QC Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) and Local Economic Investment Promotions Office (LEIPO) last June 29, 2020, as part of the city’s Sustainable
Recovery Plan. The PhP 700 million budget for the program will be used to subsidize the salaries of QC micro and small business employees within a three-month span from August to October.

Because Kalingang QC Para sa Negosyo is in its initial phase of accepting applications, its current measure of success is in the number of applications and people who are interested to apply, while its future measure of success lies in the total number of businesses and employees who have been subsidized. Since the program was announced, the SBCDPO has received many calls and visits to the office as well as messages and comments on its Facebook page.

The most identifiable factor for the overwhelming reception to Kalingang QC Para sa Negosyo is that people need the money at this time. Many of the businesses that have struggled during the pandemic are in fact micro-businesses with less than 9 employees and/or an asset size of up to PhP 3 million and small businesses with 10-99 employees and/or more than PhP 3 million up to PhP 15 million worth in assets.

Moving forward, the Kalingang QC Para sa Negosyo economic stimulus package will look to be availed by all kinds of micro and small businesses, such as sari-sari stores, canteens, laundry shops, computer shops, printing shops, and more. For other LGUs, this project would directly help the micro and small businesses in their own cities.