ORIENTAL MINDORO – DOLE distributed various livelihood assistance to 20 self-employed workers in the province providing augmentation on their existing livelihood undertakings.  Negosyo sa Kariton or Nego Kart was awarded to six (6) ambulant vendors for the upgrading of their mobile selling business or services in order to reach a greater number of buyers or customers.  Each Nego Kart is worth Php20,000 for the vending cart itself, accessory tools and for the procurement of marketable goods or services.

For the other 14 self-employed individuals, each of them received kabuhayan package, also worth Php20,000, to enhance their existing economic ventures such as sari-sari store (6), bigasan or rice retail store (3), sewing/tailoring shop (2), carinderia (1), sharpening and repair shop (1), and fishing boat (1).

Engr. Juliana H. Ortega, DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office Head, explained that these projects were under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) for the ambulant vendors and other working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. This is to make their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business, and consequently bring them an income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners, at the least.

For these livelihood projects, DOLE MIMAROPA under Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales utilized Php400,000 fund without any repayment required on the part of the beneficiaries. All they have to do is to maximize the use of equipment and raw materials initially provided to them and individually work well towards the success of their respective projects.  Mr. Rommel Changco, recipient of fishing boat, said: “Lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa tulong ng DOLE na ako ay nabigyan ng bangkang pangingisda. Ngayon, meron na akong sariling bangka. Magiging doble na ang aking kita hindi tulad dati na nababawasan pa ito dahil sa ibinabayad kong upa sa bangka.” (I sincerely thank DOLE for this livelihood assistance, for giving me fishing boat.  Now, I have my own fishing boat and I expect to earn double as a fisherman because I have no more rent to pay.)

            With DILP, the department is armed to protect the welfare of the workers in the informal economy, the vulnerable and marginalized workers in particular, by providing them assistance for capacity-building on their livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova