TABUK CITY, Kalinga – During the week’s flag raising ceremony, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) turned over to the city government a check amounting to P1,586,820 to buy uniform tents for 53 ambulant food vendors located in front of the Tabuk City National High School (TCNHS), Tabuk City Central School (TCCS), and Saint Theresita’s School- Tabuk (STS).
In October 2022, City Mayor Darwin Estrañero together with different personnel from the city government conducted a surprise inspection of the vendors because of complaints from concerned individuals, and found their placement not visually appealing and that it clogs the pathways.
According to Public Employment and Services Officer Loyda Saboy, after deliberating on their plight the mayor thought to improve the condition of the streetscape and assist the vendors.
Saboy stated that she is appreciative of the DOLE-Kalinga’s prompt reaction after the city government requested assistance through the Public Employment and Services Office.
“Maikkan dan ti uniform nga tents, ket nagpintas tu nga kitaen diay paglakuwan da idiay TCNHS ken dadduma nga schools ket saan tayu nga papanawen isuda. Tulungan tayu kitdi isuda,” she said.
DOLE Provincial Director Avelina Manganip stated there is no reason for DOLE to reject them and respond just as quickly given how quickly and thoroughly the personnel of PESO and the Mayor’s Office worked to provide assistance to the ambulant sellers.
“We hope and pray nga masapa kuma iti bidding and then of course purchase na dagituy equipment,” she said.
Speaking to the ambulant vendors, Manganip expressed her hope that they will make use of and maintain the new tents.
“For the ambulant vendors, sapay kuma ta usaren yu nga usto ken annadan yu nga usto dagituy equipment nga maited tu kanyayu ta dakayu met laeng iti agnumar, saan nga dakami nga ada dituy nga opisina,” she ended.