ORMOC CITY Mayor Lucy Torres Gomez graced the Nego-Kart Turnover Ceremony of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program held at the Ormoc City Stage on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Accordingly, 96 nego-karts, including bicycles and starter kits, were donated to a similar number of ambulant vendors in the city.

The initiative is the nego-kart project of DOLE 8, carried out by the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO), with the goal of giving ambulant vendors a sustainable means of subsistence, and bolstering the administration’s advocacy for expanding people’s access to opportunities, particularly in the impoverished sector.

City Mayor Lucy said that the Ormoc Development Team (ODT) continues to promulgate services to people as well as strengthen income-generating initiatives for the ambulant vendors. “I am glad that our ambulant vendors will now have the opportunity to be given a chance to make a living and to have a better sustainable income for their families as well as for themselves,” she added.

In attendance as well at the said event were SP Member Jasper Lucero, SP Member Peter Rodriguez, SP Member Edmund Kierulf, SP Member Burt Pades, SP Member Caren Torres Rama, SP Member Lalaine Marcos, PESO Manager Josephine Hermosilla, and DOLE Senior Labor Employment Officer Darwinda Labastida. By Joanna Grace Duenas (EV Mail March 4-10, 2024 issue)