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PIA Press Release
2010/05/29

DOLE extends financial assistance to ailing micro enterprises in Abra

by Maritess Benas

Bangued, Abra (29 May) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is giving financial assistance to micro enterprises in the province in order to beef up their ailing business operations.

Dr. Emerito Narag, Head of the DOLE in Abra, reported that there are already 11 micro enterprises that were given financial assistance in the form of starter kits. These include four tailoring and dressmaking shops, two ballot vending, two radiator/jack repair and welding, and three food preparation.

The project is called Kabuhayan Starter Kit. It is intended to help establish livelihood activities as well as improve the profitability of those engaged in the informal economy otherwise regarded as "underground economy." That is why most of the beneficiaries are those whose business activities are not registered in government.

The starter kits are equipments and tools needed by the entrepreneurs in the conduct of their businesses particularly the production of their goods and services like cooking utensils for those engaged in food and snacks preparations with a maximum costs of P5,000.00 per beneficiary. The starter kits are given in kind and payments are paid directly to the suppliers of the materials.

DOLE Abra is expected to cater to 45 beneficiaries for the Starter Kit project since the funds allocated for the said project is P225,000.00 of a maximum amount of P5,000.00 per beneficiary. However, since some of the proponents do not require the use of the maximum budget allocation, the project may be able to serve about 60 individuals.

Other business activities that are still under evaluation and whose applications are under process are upholstery, miki noodle making, barbecue, cosmetology, aircon and electric fan repair, and various food processing activities.

Meanwhile, the NEGO-KART project of the DOLE here has also adopted similar mode of implementation as that of the STARTER KIT Project. Instead of sticking it out to the eight beneficiaries who are allocated with a cost of P7,500.oo per unit of cart or kariton, DOLE negotiated for the fabrication of the karitons at P4,000 per unit to be able to maximize the P60,000.00 budgetary allocation and accommodate 15 beneficiaries. A total of 17 individuals applied for the NEGO-KART project.

The NEGO-KART project is a nation-wide project provided to the ambulant vendors and push cart servicemen in the public markets. The project aims to help the beneficiaries increase, upgrade and diversify their products and services by helping them improve their livelihood tolls particularly their vending carts.

The DOLE also aims to organize these NEGO-KART operators to be able to provide themselves with their own mutual aid protection such as the Social Security System and PhilHealth coverage and other common concerns. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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