City of Balanga — DOLE Bataan Provincial Office, in coordination with the City Government of Balanga, through its Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) will formally launched today DOLE’s NEGO-KART Project at the new Balanga Public Market. The City was chosen to be its pilot site.
Ten (10) ambulant vendors from the City of Balanga, who were identified by the City PESO, were formally awarded with their respective Nego-Karts by no other than Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, Assistant Regional Director Alvin M. Villamor, Ms. Julieta A. Boquia of the Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW), and Local Chief Executives (LCE) of Bataan and the City of Balanga. Barangay Captains, Kabalikat Women’s Organization and five (5) non-government organizations were enjoined to witness the said event.
The City of Balanga incidentally is one of the key affected areas by typhoon “Ondoy,” which DOLE had identified to extend its livelihood and emergency employment assistance.
DOLE provided assistance by purchasing the Nego-Karts amounting to Php. 150,000.00, while the City Government of Balanga provided its counterpart assistance amounting to Php. 85,880.00 of which includes additional capital for the purchase of the Nego-Karts; training on production skills, entrepreneurship and business management; and the initial payments of social protection benefits such as enrollment to the Social Secuirty System (SSS) and Philhealth.
The NEGO-KART Project shares the same vision of the “Go Negosyo” Program, which was earlier campaigned in the province a week ago by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), which advocates for a change in mindset and attitude to address poverty in the country through entrepreneurship.