LAOAG CITY —Giving a boost to all the first batch of Nego-kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) beneficiaries in this province, at least 50 budding entrepreneurs, majority of them are women successfully completed a whole-day business orientation on Friday at the Capitol auditorium.

Inspired by the Department of Labor and Employment Nego-kart project to ambulant vendors nationwide, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) adopted the project to help sustain the livelihood of interested applicants here.

The program, which will be launched next month, involves supplying beneficiaries with a proper vending cart, livelihood tools, starting capital, and trainings for ambulant vendors.

With proper training and business skills development, the beneficiaries are expected to inspire all others to raise their income level.

Job creation is among Governor Imee Marcos administration’s priority programs since she took office in 2010. By providing more opportunities for local employment, the Marcos administration hopes to address the many waves of out-migration from Ilocos Norte and the present-day trend of young professionals opting to work abroad for a greener pasture.

Unemployment within the province was also the primary cause of a 24 percent poverty rate in 2010, which fell to 8.4 percent by 2015. Through the program, the governor hopes to continue increasing the employment rate in the province which is currently at 50.78 percent, according to the latest PESO records.

With the majority of beneficiaries being women, this also reflects gender equality and women empowerment in the province as Atty. Ameurfina A. Respicio, consultant on women under the Provincial Governor’s Office, shared, “Economic empowerment and economic development of women is needed for them not to be dependent on their spouses… Both the husband and the wife share an obligation for the management of the household, whether it is through household duties or financial contributions.”PNA / northboundasia.com