Friday, 13 November 2009

Gov't to launch more programs to empower Pinoy entreps - DOLE

http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2002205&Itemid=2

MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has introduced Nego-Kart, a special project to assist mobile vendors in enhancing their existing livelihood undertakings become profitable.

DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque said that the Nego-Kart or "Negosyo Sa Kariton" is a special project under DOLE's priority deliverable programs and services that offers a "cart of tools and services, such as vending cart and accessories, working capital, training on production skills, entrepreneurship and management and assistance in securing a business permit."

In a simple launching ceremony at the San Andres Gymnasium in Malate on Thursday, Secretary Roque together with Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Soroptimist International Manila Tourist Belt president Estrellita S. Hizon, and Soroptimist International Philippines governor Carmen Araneta-Flor, turned-over 20 Nego-Kart worth P12,000 each to mobile vendors coming from District 1, (Morga and Balut, Tondo); District II (Dagupan, Tondo), and District V (Paco).

Philippines' capital, Manila, is one of the key cities in the country with heavy concentration of ambulant/mobile vendors or "hawkers" who are mostly in karts, others use bicycles, or simply in ordinary baskets or mats in sidewalks, market places or public areas with their foldable business enterprises.

In times of dire need, they borrow money from people who collects the daily interest of the five-six lending scheme they use as capital.

Most of the time, the income of these informal sector group goes to the interest on five-six leaving them with empty pockets at the end of the day.

DOLE-NCR Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante announced that for the launch, 20 vendors will receive a custom-made vending cart, one unit stove, and one unit stainless deep cooking pan courtesy of DOLE while the raw materials will be provided by Soroptimist International. The Manila Social Workers Office assisted in identifying the beneficiaries from the City of Manila.

Director Agravante added that there are 450 units of Nego-Karts for distribution in NCR until March 2010 out of the 450,100 beneficiaries expected to be awarded with Nego-Karts by the end of the year. (PNA)

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