MAMBURAO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region thru the Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded a livelihood grant to the Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro (PGOM) as the Accredited Co-Partner amounting to Php1,000,000.00 on 31 July 2019 intended for 50 ambulant vendors all throughout the province under the Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) Project.

The project will be implemented in collaboration with DOLE MIMAROPA, and Public Employment Service Office of PGOM who also provided an amount of Php300, 000.00 as their counterpart.

NegoKart is a project for ambulant vendors on major cities of the country. The project will assist the ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business; thus, making their income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners, at the least.

This assistance will also provide the ambulant vendors with assistance that will enable them to increase, upgrade and/or diversify their products or services and market these to greater number of buyers or customers. Grants were as follows:

  • Acquisition of a vending cart and accessory livelihood tools;
  • Provision of working capital for procurement or production of marketable goods or services (raw materials and other inputs);
  • Trainings on production skills, entrepreneurship and business management; and
  • Business permit to operate in designated area.

The ambulant vendors will be assisted in forming their organization that will promote mutual aid and protection such as collective savings mobilization for social protection coverage and other common concerns.

Sooner, the streets will be filled with these ambulant vendors making their way all to success.

End/Gener L. Francisco