|24th May 2011|
ANGELES CITY -- More cases of ballot tampering were discovered in the ongoing manual recount conducted by the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of contested precincts involved in the electoral protest of defeated Angeles City mayoralty candidate Blueboy Nepomuceno against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan. Read More >>>
ANGELES CITY- A total of 60 individuals who finished the course training under the Manpower Skills and Livelihood Center of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here received government assistance Monday from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region III.The funding is a part of DOLE’s “Capacity Building Program and Livelihood Enhancement of Ambulant Vendors” and the “Pangkabuhayan Starter Kit Program”.Maria Rima Hernandez, officer-in-charge of DOLE-Pampanga office presented a check amounting to six hundred thousand pesos (Php 600,000) to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and PESO Manager Adelina Deocales. Thirty individuals will serve as beneficiaries of five hairdresser kits, five manicurist kits, ten electronic kits, and ten dressmaker kits under DOLE’s Pangkabuhayan Starter Kits Program. Another thirty beneficiaries will each receive a DOLE Nego-Karts Package that will sell fishballs, noodles, and other street commodities.Pamintuan expressed his appreciation to DOLE for choosing his constituents as beneficiaries of the said livelihood project.The mayor fully supports this cause, as providing skills and livelihood programs for the citizenry is part of his Contract with the Angeleños.“We have selected indigent members of the community to become beneficiaries of the program. Each recipient underwent a background study and interview to determine their capability in handling such business,” Pamintuan said.As his administration takes part in the implementation of the program, the city government has contributed one hundred fifty thousand pesos (Php 150,000) as counterpart assistance for the project.According to Deocales, the Nego-Karts project aims to assist mobile vendors and informal traders augment their income and provide them with sustainable capital for business.“The project will assist ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood grow into a profitable and sustainable business and consequently increase the income of low earners,” Deocales said.“Other assistance being offered under the Nego-Karts project include the entrepreneurship, production skills training, assistance in securing business permits and social protection coverage and benefits such as Social Security System and PhilHealth,” the PESO manager added.Deocales added that proper business management and food safety check-ups within the three-year execution of the program will be implemented with the help of the City Accounting Office and City Health Office to secure that all legal and sanitary protocols are followed.To ensure the success of the programs, the PESO, along with the City Accounting Office and the City Health Office will see to it that proper business management and food safety will be achieved by the beneficiaries through the conduct of monthly visits within the three years execution of the program.