The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its Manila Field Office (MFO) distributed Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart) projects for 452 beneficiaries on June 6, 2022, at the Bulwagan ng Tondo and Lopez Hall Building in Manila.

The beneficiaries, comprising of ambulant vendors, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens, have benefitted from the livelihood assistance.

The Nego-Kart is one of the priority projects of DOLE for ambulant vendors in major cities of the country. It aims to provide the marginal workers, especially the ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable businesses to help them reach at least the same income as the minimum wage earners or even more. The program also aims to upgrade their products or services and market these to more potential customers.

Each worth P21,213, the awarded livelihood project consisted of one (1) Unit Nego-Kart with 3-wheeled bicycle; accessories such as cooking pan, tongs, strainer, and squeeze bottles; frozen goods such as hotdog, fishball, kikiam, squid balls, chicken balls, crab balls, and sharks fin; and enrolment to one-year micro-insurance.

MFO’s senior labor officer Regina Balasbas and Livelihood Development Specialist Shimji Ann Ong facilitated the awarding of Nego-Karts in partnership with Districts 1 and 2 of the City Government of Manila.

Beneficiaries thanked the DOLE for the assistance, hoping that the livelihood project will extend to community members who are most in need during these difficult times.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) is one of the flagship programs of the Department that provides grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for the vulnerable and marginalized workers.

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