DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, August 8 (PIA) -- Some 183 ambulant vendors in Dumagute City received their vending carts to help them earn more for their families and generate employment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here said that each vending cart cost P29,938 with a total of P5,478,654 worth of livelihood assistance as part of the Negosyo sa Kariton (Negokart) project.
The NegoKart aims to help the beneficiaries turn their small livelihood undertakings into more profitable business that will earn more income.
DOLE together with the Dumaguete City government distributed the NegoKart to each of the 183 beneficiaries a bicycle which is attached to a sidecar with accessories, steel wok, stove burner, glass showcase, and plastic containers along with raw materials needed so they can start their small vending business.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo lauded DOLE for the provision of the Nego-Karts and urged the beneficiaries coming from the different barangays to take care of their Nego-Karts and to persevere so they could earn decently and in an orderly manner.
This livelihood assistance is part of the P25-million worth livelihood grants by then DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III in recognition of the Dumaguete City Public Employment Service Office for being the Regional Best Public Employment Service Office in Central Visayas.
The representatives of the ambulant vendors - Anel D. Teves, Jornie Ocepido, and Rosemarie Ramirez - thanked Remollo, DOLE-Negros Oriental, Dumaguete PESO, City Sectoral Desk Office, and Rotary Club of Dumaguete-South (which provided solar-powered lights for each Nego-Kart) for giving the beneficiaries the opportunity to earn and uplift their economic condition. (JCT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)