Each of the 25 members of the Balut Vendors Association in Tacurong City received a Nego-Kart worth P14, 980 on November 20, 2015.

“Hindi na ini basta mapalid sang hangin. Kay sadto, kung mag-ulan nagabalintong ang amon mga baligya kag mabasa pa kami,” said 67-year-old Enrica Doctor, one of the association members who received the livelihood aid.

Each set of Nego Kart comes with three trays of raw eggs/balut, 2 cases of softdrinks, vest, rechargeable lamp, tin box, and BMX bicycle. In support of the DILEEP of DOLE and LGU-Tacurong, Pepsi-Cola Philippines gave additional two cases of softdrinks, one case of bottled water, and a cooler for each beneficiary.

These were turned over to each beneficiary by Mayor Lina O. Montilla, DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Director Arlene Bisnon, PESO Manager Allan Freno, Councilor Rodrigo amorabon, and representatives of the City Social Welfare and Development Office and Pepsi-Cole Philippines.

Twenty-five more members of said association will receive the same assistance next month.

The Nego-Kart project, funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is intended to provide decent livelihood benefiting the marginal workers of the country’s informal sector, specifically the ambulant vendors. The project is a grant, which means that beneficiaries need not worry about repayment. The city government, through the Public Employment Service Office, takes charge in the monitoring of the livelihood project. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)