CANDON CITY – Thirty ambulant vendors in Santa town and 34 in this city were given Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) livelihood assistance to upgrade their small businesses.
DOLE in the Ilocos Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said the Nego-Kart assistance, a project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office I, is intended to enhance the existing livelihood of the beneficiaries to ensure their sustainability.
“We want our marginal informal sector workers to have a decent life by boosting their source of income,” Lacambra said.
The assistance consists of vending carts, raw materials and tools; trainings on production, entrepreneurship, productivity, business management and food preparation; and business permits shouldered by partner-local government units.
Gemma Tamayo, a 50-year-old beneficiary of the program from barangay Marcos in Santa, Ilocos Sur can look into the future with renewed hope as the Nego-Kart assistance given her will translate to bigger income as the vending cart will assure her better mobility, enabling her to reach more households to whom she can offer her merchandise which consists of vegetables, meat and fish.
With the working capital, she can purchase more raw materials and diversify the goods which she can offer to buyers.
Tamayo is a mother to seven children, the youngest of whom is still a seventh grader.
“Maraming salamat sa DOLE at sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Santa sa dagdag-kabuhayan na ipinagkaloob sa amin. Malaki ang maitutulong nito para sa pag-unlad ng aming pamilya at pagpapa-aral sa aming mga anak,” she said.
Another recipient of the program from Candon City said the assistance will redound to an additional P200 to her current average daily income of P300.
Helen Sabalo, 50, said, “Matagal ko ng pangarap na magkaroon ng kahit bisikleta para maging mas maginhawa ang aking pagtitinda,” adding that before the assistance, she uses “labba” or a woven bamboo basket to carry her merchandise.
Director Lacambra assured the DOLE’s partner-LGUs of continued partnership in programs that improve the lives of people.
“Manage your projects well so you can gain greater profits and improve your family’s conditions,” he told the beneficiaries. (Tawid News, with report from April M. Montes, PIA, La Union)