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DOLE provides assistance to small entrepreneurs

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (29 May) -- In support to the government's thrust to create greater employment opportunities and to reduce and eliminate poverty in the country, the Department of Labor and Employment is benefiting 34 beneficiaries from two of its livelihood programs.

Marshal Pachingel of DOLE said of the 31 beneficiaries of the Kabuhayan Starter Kit program, ten are sidewalk vendors who are selling fishball, kikyam, balut, barbecue; five are engaged in gardening; four beneficiaries each engage in hog raising and puto selling, three beneficiaries each engage in patupat selling and massage and two are operating coffee shop.

Pachingel said the agency has released a total amount of P121,663.00 which the 31 beneficiaries shared in terms of equipment and other supplies needed in their trade.

The beneficiaries were instructed to canvass their needs in operating their livelihood project from the local business establishments which the DOLE paid directly to the establishments where they have canvassed their needs like feeds and rice bran (tuyo) for the hog raisers; seedlings and fertilizers for the gardeners; sugar, glutinous rice and vat for the patupat vendors; cups, thermos, flour, milk, butter, additional containers for sugar and milk for coffee shop operators; BP apparatus, towels, foam and other basic needs for masseurs; and fishball, kikyam, balut including burner with LPG for the side walk vendors.

The three beneficiaries of the Nego-Kart were also provided each with a kariton and a micromatic umbrella.

Pachingel said there are still applicants of this program whose papers are still on process. (PIA-MP) [top]

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