Pangasinan, PH: 50 Pangasinenses Receive Vending Carts from DOLE

By April Montes | PIA.gov.ph

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BALUNGAO, Pangasinan, February 26 (PIA) – Fifty individuals from eastern Pangasinan will no longer walk around selling their goods, thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE’s) livelihood assistance dubbed “Negosyo sa Kariton” or NegoKart.

DOLE 1 Labor Communications Officer Arly Valdez said the NegoKart is part of the DOLE’s thrust of providing productive and gainful employment opportunities to marginalized workers and workers in the informal sector through livelihood projects.

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 Valdez.

They come from the municipalities of Asingan (14), Balungao (9), Natividad (8), Sta. Maria (14), San Manuel (3), Tayug (1) and Rosales (1). On their carts, the ambulant vendors will be selling fish balls, vegetables, general merchandize, “balut,” peanuts, native delicacies and scrap metals.

DOLE 1 Regional Director Grace Ursua, who led the awarding, said the NegoKart affords 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, which is the accredited co-partner for the project, shared P209,510 for the value added taxes and business permit fees.

“With the package of assistance given to them, the ambulant vendors can make their existing livelihood grow into more profitable business that will yield profits at par with minimum wage earners,” Ursua said.

Aside from the resource assistance, the ambulant vendors will also be assisted in forming their association for mutual aid such as collective savings mobilization for social protection coverage under the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and others.

Ursua thanked Pangasinan 6th District Representative Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Mayor Philipp Peralta of Balungao and the DOLE-Rosales (Eastern Pangasinan) Field Office for their significant contribution to the implementation of the project. (JCR/AMM-PIA1 Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)
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