Vendors get livelihood

ALTERNATIVE livelihood will be awarded to roving vendors who were denied business permits by Baguio City Hall.

Councilor Philian Weygan-Allan who chairs the committee on market, trade, commerce and agriculture, said close to 150 roving vendors will be awarded start-up business by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Office of Baguio Representative Mark Go with the City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Under the pilot project Alternative Micro Enterprise Program for Displaced Vendors, close to 200 recipients will be awarded projects in the next three months aimed to make them into micro-entrepreneurs.

Allan said the vendors will be organized and registered with Dole and be given training to qualify them to be part of the program where a seed capital is to be given.

The training will include leadership and livelihood to empower the vendors to manage their own businesses.

Vendors will be grouped by 10 to 15 people depending on what livelihood they choose to have and will have to work together as a team.

The Baguio City Marketing Authority will likewise assist the micro entrepreneurs by providing marketing stalls for their products at the city or satellite markets.

The program will run until December while an orientation was held Thursday, Aug 8 for the first batch of vendors at city hall.

Previously, Allan said no new permits will be issued to roving vendors in Baguio City and will only maintain the registered 750 listed roving vendors in the villages and Burnham Park.


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