December 8, 2023

The Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera signed a memorandum of agreement with the city government of Baguio City to enhance the livelihood of 75 night market stall vendors.

The MOA for the implementation of Kabuhayan Program was signed by DOLE-Cordillera Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, Tesda-Cordillera Director Balmyrson M. Valdez represented by Assistant Director Jimmicio S. Daoaten, and the Baguio Night Market Vendors represented by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong.

Of the total pro-ject cost of P3,937,853, DOLE-Cordillera granted P2,180,700 to be used for training-cum production of 75 stainless reinforced collapsible food carts.

With Tesda-Cordillera as the accredited co-partner, the 75 scholars will apply their skills in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding NC II and Gas Metal Arc Welding NC II for the training.

Lacambra underscored the importance of having convergence projects with various agencies and stakeholders towards revitalizing the region’s economy.

He also emphasized the importance of prioritizing the safety and health of workers in all kinds and levels of industry, including those in the informal sector.

Night vendor and stall owner Maribel Payuyo said there are instances when their food carts get damaged due to the weight, maintenance, and transportation challenges and the unpredictable Baguio weather.

She expressed gratitude that the livelihood enhancement, which is more than a year in the making, will finally push through.

Aside from being sturdy and portable, the food carts will showcase a uniform and readily identifiable design, while retaining aesthetic features such as the vendors’ stall names, products, and decors. – Press release