Pangasinan vendors upgrade livelihood through ‘Negokart’ from DOL
DAGUPAN CITY – Twenty vendors from Binmaley and Lingayen towns recently received their vending carts from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Ilocos to help them earn more from their existing livelihood.
DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said the P300,000-worth of livelihood assistance is part of the agency’s Negosyo sa Kariton (Negokart) project which aims to help the beneficiaries turn their small livelihood undertakings into more profitable business that will earn more income.
The Negokart assistance comprises a vending cart which is attached to a side car; capital for raw materials; training on production, entrepreneurship and BUSINESS MANAGEMENT; social protection; and business permits.
The provincial government of Pangasinan shared P76,000 for the training expenses and licensing of the beneficiaries’ businesses.
Alona Geslani, 47, from Barangay Tombor in Binmaley, said the assistance is already the third which she and her family have received from the labor agency.
“My family and I cannot thank enough the DOLE, provincial government of Pangasinan and Pangasinan PESO for all the assistance,” she said.
Geslani was also a beneficiary of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD, a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
Her daughter, Maria Thalia, also benefitted from the Government Internship Program (GIP), where she had the experience to work with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and earn for the period June to November this year.
“With my vending cart, I can reach more customers because of greater mobility. With additional capital, I can sell more goods and with the trainings, I will be able to properly manage my small business. I am optimistic that these project benefits will redound to more sustainable business and income,” Geslani said. (PIA-1, Pangasinan/DOLE)
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