Bello hands out P3.5-M liveli­hood as­sis­tance to 320 Zam­baleños

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CITY OF OLONGAPO – La­bor Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello III led the dis­tri­bu­tion of P3,800,000 liveli­hood as­sis­tance to some 320 marginal­ized Zam­baleños at the Rizal Tri­an­gle, Olongapo City.

The of­fices of Zam­bales first District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jef­frey Khonghun and Olongapo City Gov­ern­ment, through its Pub­lic Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Of­fice (PESO), ini­ti­ated the un­der­tak­ing with the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE).

The liveli­hood as­sis­tance, sourced from the DOLE In­te­grated Liveli­hood and Emer­gency Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram (DILEEP), were in form of Negosyo sa Kari­ton (Ne­goKart) Projects and DOLEKabuhayan Starter Kits.

Bello was joined by Khonghun and Olongapo City Mayor Raulen Paulino in the ini­tial dis­tri­bu­tion of 50 ne­gokarts amount­ing to some P750,000.

Some 50 am­bu­lant ven­dors, 25 from Su­bic town and the re­main­ing 25 from Olongapo City, were the re­cip­i­ents of the ne­gokarts.

The ne­gokarts are ei­ther en­hanced or start-up rov­ing cart busi­nesses which in­clude street foods like fish­balls, squid­balls, kikiam, “kakanin,” and me­rienda foods, among ot her s.

DOLE Re­gional Direc­tor Ana Dione said that ben­e­fi­cia­ries were each pro­vided ne­gokarts and un­der­gone an En­trepreneur­ship Devel­op­ment Train­ing (EDT) to en­sure the proper man­age­ment of their busi­nesses.

“Each ven­dor-ben­e­fi­ciary was pro­vided with a to­tal of P15,000.00 in liveli­hood as­sis­tance, of which, com­prises a vend­ing cart and ac­ces­sory liveli­hood tools cost­ing P12,500, along with a work­ing cap­i­tal amount­ing to P2,500.00,” Dione ex­plained.

Belo handed over a P2,000,000 liveli­hood check, of which, P1,500,000, through the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Su­bic’s bot­toms-up bud­get­ing (BUB), will be in­tended for 100 ne­gokarts to ben­e­fit 100 am­bu­lant ven­dors.

The re­main­ing P500,000, un­der the DOLE’s reg­u­lar liveli­hood funds, on the other hand, will be in­tended for 100 starter kits to ben­e­fit 100 marginal­ized in­di­vid­u­als.

The starter kits are start-up carry-on busi­nesses which in­clude slip­per re­tail, man­i­cure, pedi­cure, foot-spa, hair­cut­ting, mas­sage ther­apy, and other health and well­ness busi­nesses.

Bello handed out an­other P1,050,000 liveli­hood check, made pos­si­ble through the Olongapo City Gov­ern­ment’s BUB, in­tended for 70 ne­gokarts to ben­e­fit 70 am­bu­lant ven­dors re­sid­ing in the city.

Bello, who served as guest of honor in the dis­tri­bu­tion of liveli­hood as­sis­tance, urged ben­e­fi­cia­ries to man­age their liveli­hood projects in hopes of trans­form­ing them into sus­tain­able busi­nesses.

“Ang tu­long pangk­abuhayan na ib­i­na­hagi po sa inyo ng DOLE, tu­lad ni­tong mga Ne­gokarts at Starter Kits, ay isang tu­loy-tu­loy na hak­bang ng goby­erno sa pag­bibi­gay ng al­ter­nat­i­bong pagkakak­i­taan at pangk­abuhayan para sa at­ing mga kababayan up­ang maitaas nila ang an­tas ng kani­lang pa­mu­muhay at higit sa la­hat ay makat­u­long sa kanila mga pam­ilya,” Bello said.

“Ito po ay hindi loan kundi li­bre lamang po dahil nais ng DOLE na tu­mu­long sa mga taong gus­tong tu­lun­gan ang kani­lang mga sar­ili. Kaya’t hini­hikayat ko po kay­ong la­hat na sana ito po ay in­y­ong pa­ha­la­gaan at pagya­manin para narin sa kinabukasan ninyo at ng in­y­ong pam­ilya,” he added.

Paulino, on be­half of his fel­low lo­cal lead­ers, thanked Bello and the rest of the DOLE, for per­son­ally hand­ing out the liveli­hood as­sis­tance to their re­spec­tive const i t uent s.

“First time po na mismo ang at­ing bu­ti­hing Kal­i­him ng Ka­gawaran ng Pag­gawa at Pagha­hanap­buhay pa ang bum­aba para ipagkaloob ang mga Ne­gokarts at Starter kits na ito sa mga kababayan namin dito sa Olongapo at Su­bic, kaya maram­ing maram­ing sala­mat po Sec­re­tary Bello sa in­y­ong oras sa pag­bibi­gay pansin sa am­ing mga kababayan,” Paulino said.

The pro­vi­sion of liveli­hood as­sis­tance is the best gift to re­ceive in time for the start of the new year says Luzvi­minda Gimeo, on be­half of her co-ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“Na­pakalak­ing tu­long po sa amin ang ma­pagkalooban ng gani­tong klaseng proyekto dahil ito po ay makaka­pag­bi­gay na sa amin ng garan­ti­sadong arawang kita mula P200.00 hang­gang P500.00 o higit pa, de­pende po kung may ma­ha­la­gang okasyon dito sa am­ing bayan, kaya maram­ing maram­ing sala­mat po sa DOLE at umasa po kayo na ito po ay am­ing pagyaya­manin,” Gimeo said.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Bello from the DOLE Cen­tral Of­fice in­clude Bureau of Lo­cal Em­ploy­ment Direc­tor Do­minique Tu­tay, Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Ser­vices Direc­tor War­ren Mi­clat, and In­for­ma­tion Pub­li­ca­tion Ser­vices head Gerry Ru­bio.

Mean­while, Dione was joined by Tech­ni­cal Sup­port and Ser­vices for Em­ploy­ment and Wel­fare head Ale­jan­dro Inza-Cruz and DOLE Zam­bales Field Of­fice head Rey­nante Lugtu.

Other lo­cal of­fi­cials present to wit­ness the liveli­hood dis­tri­bu­tion in­clude Zam­bales Board Mem­ber Jon Khonghun, Su­bic Mayor Jay Khonghun, Olongapo PESO Man­ager Mario Equillo, and Su­bic PESO Man­ager Jane Solano.

The Ne­gokart project and Kabuhayan Starter KITS are flag­ship pro­grams of the DOLE that aims to pro­vide de­cent and sus­tain­able liveli­hood to ben­e­fit and em­power marginal­ized work­ers.— Jerry Borja/ DOLE-3 LCO

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