By Joseph Pedrajas
Some P25 million worth of income has so far been generated by the Quezon City (QC) government’s Fresh Market on Wheels Program for vendors whose source of income has been affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The local government said their seven-week program “was a huge success” as it was able to generate income for 66 displaced vendors and created at least 289 jobs.
“The program has achieved its primary goal of providing livelihood to displaced vendors whose income was affected by the lockdown,” Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) head Mona Celine Yap said.
The SBCDPO recently created the Fresh Market on Wheels, an offshoot of their Fresh Market program, to provide a livelihood for displaced vendors by bringing their produce to different communities.
“In addition to the vendors, helpers, jeepney drivers, and porters also earned their livelihood by joining our rollouts in 109 barangays weekly,” Yap added.
The local government also took pride in the program’s support of Pangasinan farmers through purchasing their produce.
“This program has benefited not just the residents of different barangays, but also those people whom we have tapped to make this program running,” Yap said.