Thirty ambulant vendors in Santa, Ilocos Sur received P450 thousand worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. 1 to enhance their micro-enterprises.
Part of the labor agency’s Negosyo sa Kariton (Negokart) project, the assistance was turned over to the beneficiaries through the DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office in the presence of Mayor Jesus Bueno, Jr. and barangay captains on March 6.
The assistance consists of vending carts and raw materials, trainings on production, entrepreneurship, productivity, business management and food preparation.
The local government of Santa provided P114,200 for the purchase of accessory tools such as frying pans and ladles, aprons, hairnets, gasulettes, weighing scales and plastic bags and to defray the training expenses. The beneficiaries can freely engage in their vending activity with business permits shouldered by the LGU.
DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the Negokart assistance 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,” Director Lacambra said.
After receiving the assistance, fifty-year-old Gemma Tamayo of barangay Marcos can look into the future with renewed hope.
She knows the assistance will translate to greater income because the vending cart will give her greater 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.
Gemma is a mother of seven children, the youngest of whom is still a 7th grader.
“Maraming salamat po sa DOLE at sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Santa sa dagdag-kabuhayan na ipinagkaloob sa amin. Malaki po ang maitutulong nito para sa pag-unlad ng aming pamilya at pag-papaaral sa aming mga anak (I am grateful to the DOLE and the local government of Santa for the livelihood. It will help improve our family’s condition and our children’s education),” Gemma said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez