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120 Intramuros tourism workers will receive P1-M stipends.

The government on Thursday provided over PHP1 million in livelihood aid to an initial 120 pedicab drivers and ambulant merchants in Intramuros, Manila.

In a ceremony held at the Plaza Roma, representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), under the direction of Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, and the Department of Tourism (DOT), presented the award.

The help was provided in the form of food carts and livelihood enhancement through a program called Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart), which helps ambulant vendors turn their current means of subsistence into a successful and long-lasting enterprise.

42 pedicab drivers and three ambulant merchants, each of whom earned little more than PHP30,000, were among the initial batch of recipients of the help, according to Laguesma.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), which has a budget of PHP1.08 million, provided livelihood support. Additionally, it is a component of the organization’s collaboration with the DOT for the government’s “Trabaho, Turismo, Asenso” Job Fair initiative.

In order to prevent or address service errors, Laguesma stated that the recipients will also receive training on the full-service quality cycle.

As part of the package of help, he continued, “They will be given standardized uniforms, pamphlets, and other tourism paraphernalia.”

Assistance is provided to community-based tourism organizations under the current memorandum of understanding between the DOLE and the DOT in the form of quality service and livelihood interventions.

According to Laguesma, “DOLE implements productivity and livelihood programs that could improve the level of tourism and entrepreneurial services provided by DOT-trained community tour guides represented by pedicab drivers, karitela (horse-drawn carriage) drivers, other vendors, and tourism-oriented small scale enterprises like souvenir shops.”

He said that the project was tested as a pilot in Intramuros, the location of the DOLE Central Office.

The project’s supporters are also trying to expand the number of villages that can participate in the program.

“This is merely a pilot program. The program will be implemented by DOLE and DOT in additional Metro Manila locales as well as other national tourist hotspots, Laguesma continued.

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