By Freddie G. Lazaro
Some 160 indigent residents in Ilocos Sur have received P2 million worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment of Region 1 to help them engage in income-augmenting entrepreneurial activities.
Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, the head of DOLE Region 1, awarded the checks amounting to P1 million each for the Negosyo sa Kariton project of 60 ambulant vendors in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur and for the Bigasan ng Bayan of the 100 members of the Municipal Federation of Rural Improvement Club in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur.
Lacambra said the assistance, which is part of the DOLE Kabuhayan program, aims to ensure sustainable sources of additional income for the beneficiaries.
He said the Negokart would provide the ambulant vendors with services that could enable them to increase, upgrade, and diversify their products or services and market these with a greater number of buyers or customers.
The Bigasan, on the other hand, would engage the MFRIC members in buying and selling quality rice at a lower price, placing them at an advantage over other similar businesses in the municipality.
“The Kabuhayan program is one of the DOLE’s contributions in the anti-poverty drive of the government. The enthusiasm and commitment of the beneficiaries would spell the difference as to how much income they can derive from their projects,” the regional director said.
The local government unit of Narvacan funded the Negokart projects of eight ambulant vendors, putting the total beneficiaries to 68; while the LGU of Sto. Domingo provided for the business permits and stall rentals of the Bigasan project.
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