The Quezon City government has tapped several computer shop operators in the reopening of the application process for the Pangkabuhayang QC program that shall offer a financial grant and livelihood training for aspiring microentrepreneurs.
Led by the Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotion Office, the program has earmarked P10,000 to P20,000 additional capital for displaced/resigned employees, micro entrepreneurs/vendors, laid-off overseas Filipino workers, unemployed solo parents, persons with disabilities, and indigent residents.
“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.
As an improvement to the onsite application during phase 1 of the program, the Pangkabuhayang QC application is now integrated in the QC-Eservices Website (www.qceservices.QuezonCity.gov.ph) to provide applicants with a schedule for interview where their supporting documents would be reviewed.
To complement this new application format, SBCDPO has tapped barangay offices and computer shops to help QCitizens apply for the program.
Several computer shop owners in District 2 have beenb oriented and trained on how they could guide applicants through the online portal. Rio N. Araja
“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,” SBCDPO chief Mona Celine Yap said.
At least 3,700 internet access points located across the city can help QCitizens connect to the website.
During its first phase, the program gave capital assistance to over 25,000 QCitizens with a P260 million budget via City Ordinance SP No. 3071.
About 20,000 city residents shall benefit from the program each year.