BALUNGAO–Fifty ambulant vendors in eastern Pangasinan received vending carts from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under its livelihood program dubbed “Negosyo sa Kariton” (NegoKart).
“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 Arly Valdez, DOLE Region 1 Labor Communications Officer.
The beneficiaries are from the towns of Asingan, 14; Balungao, 9; Natividad 8; Sta. Maria, 14; San Manuel, 3; Tayug, 1; and Rosales, 1.
The vendors can use the carts to sell either fish balls, vegetables, general goods, balut, peanuts, native delicacies, scrap metals, etc.
DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, who led the awarding, said the NegoKart gives 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, the accredited partner for the project, provided P209, 510 for the value added taxes and business permit fees.
“With the package of assistance provided them, the ambulant vendors can make their existing livelihood grow into a more profitable business that can yield profits at par with minimum wage earners,” Ursua said.
The ambulant vendors will also be assisted in organizing their association for collective savings mobilization to avail of social protection coverage under the Social Security System, and PhilHealth, among others. (PIA-Pangasinan/AMM)