The seven-week run of the Quezon City government’s Fresh Market On Wheels was a huge success as it generated P25 million income for 66 displaced vendors amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The program has achieved its primary goal of providing livelihood to displaced vendors whose income was affected by the lockdown,” said Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) head Mona Celine Yap.
The SBCDPO created the Fresh Market on Wheels, an offshoot of their Fresh Market program, to provide livelihood for displaced vendors by bringing their produce to different communities.
Aside from providing income to displaced vendors, Yap said the program created 289 jobs during its rollouts to various barangays in the city.
“In addition to the vendors, helpers, jeepney drivers, and porters also earned their livelihood by joining our rollouts in 109 barangays weekly,” said Yap.
The program also supported local vegetable vendors and partner farmers in Pangasinan.
“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.
She shared that some vendors were able to buy necessities through their income from the program.
“Nakabili na ako ng sasakyan upang magamit sa negosyo at matulungan ang pamilya ko,” Marissa Damosmos, one of the vendors shared.
On the other hand, Sylvia Manigad was able to buy a computer that will be used by her children this coming school year.