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Lucky Food Cart Vendor in Odiongan, Romblon starts reaping the benefits of DOLE assistance

 2017 is indeed a lucky year for one food cart vendor in Odiongan, Romblon. As the New Year came, Mr. Rodelio Jamlid received another set of good news that made an impact for him and his family’s life. 

The Department of Labor and Employment Romblon Field Office headed by Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores, awarded the financial assistance to Mr. Rodelio Jamlid under the Individual Kabuhayan Program of the department last January 17, 2017. As proposed, the financial assistance was used to expand Mr. Jamlid’s ongoing food cart business inside the main campus of Romblon State University (RSU).

 After the assistance was awarded, the DOLE Romblon FO staff visited him and his wife at their stall, to monitor and also try the food they sell in their food cart business. We had a firsthand experience on how the couple happily serve their customers: they serve with a warm heart and a happy face to each of their customers. The couple stated that they plan to have more products to offer so that their customers will not go tired of their product’s taste. This will be possible since the department had granted them a financial assistance. Even though it was past noon, their business was still flocked by hungry students buying their food. There were a lot of regular customers that buy their snacks at their food cart during their breaks as they have a large array of products: fried and steamed siomai, hotdogs, hotdog sandwiches, juice drinks, etc.

Mr. Jamlid is very grateful for the help the department was able to give him at the start of 2017 because there is an increase of much needed capital for his business. “’Yung binigay ng DOLE ay makakatulong sa amin kasi hindi na namin kailangang maghanap pa ng capital. Makakatulong din ‘yun para makapagbukas kami ng isa pang ganito [food cart business] sa labas naman ng school,” he stated. He added that the fund will be put to good use as they plan to expand their business in the next year.

 At the start of each day, Mr. Jamlid opens his business as early as 8 o’clock in the morning until 6 o’clock of the evening. He said that he earns a gross income of Php 5,000.00 with an average net income of Php 1,500.00 in a whole day of hard work, and with the department’s assistance, he said that it may help him double his earnings.

Furthermore, Mr. Jamlid also showed interest to join in the Best Individual Kabuhayan DOLE holds annually, and to do this, he will make sure that the financial assistance DOLE had given for their business will flourish with the help of his family.






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