By Angelique Tuazon
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), in partnership with the provincial government, had granted P1 million for the “Nego Kart” livelihood program to some 110 ambulant vendors from the 20 municipalities and one city of the province at the Benigno Hall, Capitol Compound Friday.
Governor Lilia “Nanay” G. Pineda, who led the distribution, will provide financial assistance worth P550,000 for the 110 recipients to further ensure the success of the livelihood project.
According to Raymundo Agravante, regional director of DOLE-III, the distribution of nego karts is a regular project of the agency and is part of its effort to provide alternative source of livelihood for the workers from the informal sector.
“Hindi man natin mabigyan ng trabaho sa pormal na sector ang bawat mamamayan, patuloy pa rin ang ating pagsisikap na mabigyan ng marangal at magandang kabuhayan ang bawat Kapampangan,” Agravante stressed.
Agravante also added that they will also conduct evaluations after six months and after a year to gauge the success of the project and the impact to the beneficiaries.
It was also learned that close monitoring of the dispatching of nego kart units will also be performed by the agency in cooperation with the local employment offices.
Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Luningning Vergara said that 15 nego karts were initially distributed while the remaining 95 units will be released before the end of this month.
Aurelia Bondoc, a resident of Barangay San Basilio in Sta. Rita town and one of the first recipients of nego kart, has been selling fruits for more than 20 years and was very grateful for the government’s support to ambulant vendors like herself.
“Matagal na akong naglalako ng prutas para sa kabuhayan ng aming pamilya. Napakalaking tulong ng nego kart na ito upang lalong mapabilis ang aking pagbebenta,” Bondoc shared.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa patuloy na suporta ng DOLE sa mga livelihood projects ng probinsya. Kaya patuloy tayong magsikap upang lalong makita ng ahensiya na lumalago ang mga kabuhayan at iba pang proyektong kanilang inilulunsad dito sa Pampanga,” Pineda ended.
The governor was also joined by Board Member Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon, and Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Officer Mamerto Gatus. ●
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