The Quezon City government has reopened the application for the “Pangkabuhayan QC” program on Monday, July 4, which provides financial grant and livelihood training for aspiring micro-entrepreneurs in the city.
“The capital assistance that we are providing can help our QCitizens start small businesses such as a sari-sari store, small eatery, or even an online retail shop. Its goal is to give them a sustainable source of income through entrepreneurship,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The program will provide P10,000 – P20,000 capital for displaced/resigned employees, micro-entrepreneurs/vendors, laid-off Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), unemployed solo parents, persons with disabilities, and indigent residents.
As an improvement to the on-site application during Phase 1 of the program, the Pangkabuhayang QC application will now be integrated into the QC-Eservices Website (www.qceservices.QuezonCity.gov.ph). This will provide applicants with a schedule for interview where their supporting documents will be reviewed.
“We want this program accessible to all interested QCitizens especially those who are aspiring entrepreneurs. By tapping computer shops in their barangays, even those who are not tech-savvy or do not have access to the internet can apply for the program,” Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotion Office (SBCDPO) head Mona Cecille Yap said.
Likewise, the 3,700 internet access points located around the city can help QCitizens connect to the website.
During its first phase, the Pangkabuhayang QC program gave capital assistance to more than 25,000 QCitizens with a ₱260 million budget. Through city ordinance SP 3071 that institutionalized the program, over a ₱200 million budget will be allocated yearly for around 20,000 beneficiaries.