BALUNGAO, Pangasinan, Feb. 27 (PIA) — Fifty individuals from eastern Pangasinan will no longer walk around selling their goods exposed to grime and dust, thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) livelihood assistance dubbed “Negosyo sa Kariton” (NegoKart).
The NegoKart is part of DOLE’s thrust of providing productive and gainful employment opportunities to marginalized workers and informal sector workers through livelihood projects, said DOLE Region 1 Labor Communications Officer, Arly Valdez.
“The individual beneficiaries received their vending carts and raw materials amounting to P750,000 in this town last Thursday. Training on production, entrepreneurship, and business management will also be given to them,” said Valdez.
The beneficiaries come from the municipalities of Asingan, 14; Balungao, 9; Natividad 8; Sta. Maria, 14; San Manuel, 3; Tayug, 1; and Rosales, 1.
From these beautifully-designed carts, the vendors will be selling fish balls, vegetables, general merchandize, balut, peanuts, native delicacies, and scrap metals.
DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, who led the awarding, said that the NegoKart affords the beneficiaries a more decent and viable source of income where they can peddle their commodities legally because they are issued business permits.
The local government unit of Balungao, which is the accredited co-partner for the project, shared P209,510 for the value added taxes and business permit fees.
“With the package of assistance given to them, the ambulant vendors can make their existing livelihood grow into more profitable business that will yield profits at par with minimum wage earners,” Ursua said.
Aside from the resource assistance, the ambulant vendors will also be assisted in forming their association for mutual aid such as collective savings mobilization for social protection coverage under the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and others. (JCR/AMM-PIA1, Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)#