BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
A 51-year-old small planter from Hacienda Pacita, La Castellana in Negros Occidental became an instant millionaire during the first grand raffle draw of Central Azucarera De La Carlota Inc., under its “Milyonaryo Kasa Central La Carlota” promo on March 23.
Ruby Gimay Alfonso said that when word spread Friday that she won, she just laughed and thought of it as a joke until a representative of CACI sought her out and officially told her about the news.
Alfonso with her husband, Herminigildo, who sometimes drives the delivery truck to transport their canes to CACI, have been into sugar farming since 1985 and have milled their canes with CACI since then.
“Truly, God has been good to us and we are grateful to the management of CACI for this blessing. We can finally have our old house repaired while the rest will be used to put up a small grocery to help augment our daily needs”, she said.
Alfonso said it was both unexpected and a huge blessing because they were already delivering their last remaining canes when the promo started. They actually had only two tickets for the remaining 9.7 tons that they milled.
Roxas Holdings Inc. vice president and CACI general manager, Esteban Coscolluela, said this is their expression of appreciation and gratitude to their partners, including the farm managers and drivers, who also have an incentive every time a major prize is drawn.
“CACI and our mother company, RHI, value the long years of partnership of our stakeholders in the industry and we nurture this relationship as we look forward to more productive partnerships ahead,” he said.
Meanwhile, five ticket holders also won P100,000 each. They are JP Bang of La Carlota City, Jemelito Mission of Moises Padilla, Thelma Paterno of Pontevedra, Raul Angeles of La Castellana, and Amado Guanzon of Pontevedra, a press release from the company said.
The winners of 10 consolation prizes of P50,000 each were Fernando Gonzales and Randy Egonia of Pontevedra; Dominador Gonzales of La Castellana; Romeo Belmonte of Valladolid; Ismael Roa and Susana Postrado - La Castellana; Armida Garfil- La Carlota; Rene Rodriguez - Hinigaran; Jesito Gruy of Bago City, and Merlita Amable of Bayawan, Negros Oriental.
Rox Cuadra, CACI Field Operations Department head and raffle project coordinator, said that all winning tickets will undergo validation and verification before the actual award of prizes.
The “Milyonaryo Ka sa Central La Carlota” promo is open to all CACI planter-members who are duly registered under the Asociacion de Agricultores de la Carlota y Pontevedra Inc., or the La Carlota Planters Association Inc.
All single cane deliveries of eight to 10 tons are entitled to two tickets and any incremental increase of every five tons more will qualify for another ticket each time, the press release said.
The draw was witnessed by Department of Trade and Industry official representative Jonathan Tejida, Rolando Tamon of AALCPI, and Ching Labtic of LCPAI. Also present were Coscolluela, Cuadra, CACO comptroller Jovy de la Cruz, and Debbie Ann Vallar of CACI’s Internal Audit Group, it said.
The next draw is on April 6, it added.*CGS
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