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DOLE turns over water refilling business project to terminal vendors

The Tacurong City Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) received another livelihood project from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the form of a water refilling station.

DOLE Regional Sisinio Cano and Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the project together with Councilor David Salazar who represented Mayor Angelo Montilla during the turnover rites held this morning of December 20, 2019.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla and DTI Provincial Director Felisa Sinobago also attended the turnover ceremony.

The water refilling project is located at 3rd Block, TACEA Village, New Isabela, Tacurong City.

After the blessing and ribbon-cutting, a program was held at Edjin Pension House followed by the association’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Party.

In his message, Director Cano said that he is glad that TATVA is already acknowledged as one of the best in the region in terms of livelihood projects implementation.

He also thanked the city government and DTI for guiding the association in all its undertakings.

DTI and the LGU PESO helped the association in preparing the project proposals and feasibility studies.

Before DOLE and LGU entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla passed and approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the said agreement.

The water refilling project, amounting to half a million pesos, falls under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project or DILP and is already an augmentation since individual members had already received their nego-karts in 2013.

In 2016, TATVA also received a project from the Local Government of Tacurong that it used in putting up a grocery store.

After two years of operation, TATVA had exceeded its target on sales and was able to hit an average gross sales of P8 Million annually.

It even expanded its business operation by opening a carinderia beside the grocery store.

TATVA’s success in business paved way for it to be declared by the DOLE as regional winner of Best Livelihood Project in 2018.

The association currently has 33 active members.

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DOLE Check Turnover TATVA, PWDs, TaTTaPPP

DOLE 12 gives P1.48M livelihood check to marginalized sector of Tacurong The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12, through its Sultan Kudarat Field Office, turned over to the city government a check amounting to P1,484,050.00 intended for livelihood projects of 102 beneficiaries belonging to the informal sector of Tacurong City.

DOLE Assistant Regional Director Arlene Bisnon and Provincial Field Officer Mary Jane Hoksuan turned over the check to Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla during the flag ceremony of the LGU on Monday, July 29, 2019. Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla were also present during the turnover and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Two weeks ago, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, through the sponsorship of SP Committee on Labor and Employment David Salazar, passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Montilla to enter into a MOA with DOLE for the implementation of the project.

The LGU serves as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in this undertaking, which means that funds for the project will be deposited to the Treasury Office while undergoing the procurement/bidding process. Of the total amount, P984,050.00 is allocated for individual starter kits/nego-karts of 66 beneficiaries that also include fourteen Persons With Disability (PWD) and fourteen drug surrenderers who have completed the six-month community-based rehabilitation under the Tabang Tatap para sa Pagbag-o, Paglaum, kag Pagtuon (TATAPPP).

Some of the starter kits requested by the beneficiaries were welding machines, sewing machines, carpentry tools, compressors for vulcanizing project, and carinderia package among others. Meanwhile, the remaining P501,800.00 of the total amount is intended for the water refilling business, which is an enhancement project of the Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA).

In his message, Mayor Montilla challenged the beneficiaries to take good care of the projects given to them. “Ang dalagku nga negosyo nagahalin sa gamay nga proyekto. Updan naton sang kapisan kag dedikasyon ang oportunidad nga ginhatag sa aton”, he said. The livelihood undertaking coursed through the LGU is under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), which gives skilled beneficiaries from the informal sector the opportunity to avail of starter kits or nego-karts.

For the individual project, each beneficiary is eligible to receive kits amounting to P15 to P20 thousand. Group projects could go up to half a million pesos depending on the proposal. The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) is now tasked to facilitate the preparation of procurement documents for bidding of the livelihood projects.

The PESO is also mandated to do the monitoring of projects once they are turned over to the recipients. (ASF, LGU Information)

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TATVA Groceria sales hit P1M mark in just 54 days

In less than two months of operation working on less than P200 thousand capital, the Groceria Project of the Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (TATVA) recorded P1,000,087.00 gross sales, exceeding its modest target of only P540 thousand in the same period.

The group project, turned over to TATVA on November 8, was funded by LGU Tacurong as counterpart to the Bottom Up Budgeting funds under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Located in front of the public terminal, the groceria project supplies the procurement needs of 36-member vendors of the association who are exclusively selling bottled drinks and other food items in the terminal premises.

During the formulation of feasibility study stage, the daily gross sales’ target of the store was pegged at P10 thousand but after more than a month of operstion, the actual average daily sales shot up to P18 thousand.

Notably also, the daily sales averaged at more than P20 thousand during the third and last week of December. The highest gross sales of P54 thousand were even achieved on January 2.

Each vendor is motivated to patronize the store due to several reasons including the expected dividends, patronage refunds and incentives to top sellers.

The store is also paying for the SSS contributions of each of the association’s 36 patronizong members.

The project is operated by three personnel who are also members of the association and who receive monthly compensations: store manager, cashier/storekeeper, and bookkeeper.

TATVA , an LGU-acredited and DOLE-registered association is becoming one of the succesful livelihood projects in Tacurong.

The DOLE Field Office and LGU PESO are assisting the group since it was organized in 2013.

In 2014, each of the association members received a NegoKart project from DOLE 12. The success of the individual projects paved way for the provision of the current Groceria Project.

Aside from the LGU and DOLE, the association is also receiving technical assistance from DTI and Tacurong Negosyo Center.

Mayor Lina Montilla said that TATVA’s project will surely inspire other associations to venture into viable livelihood enterprises. (AFreno-LGU Information)

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