Top: Mambulao Mayor Ricarte “Dong” Padilla (left) and former councilor Carlos Taboada proudly displaying a Banco de Oro mock check for P40,000 raised by online news tunnel MWBuzz for the “kariton” livelihood project of the local government. Looking on is Joy del Rosario, municipal livelihood officer-designate. Above: Closeup of the P40,000 mock check. - Photos courtesy of CYNTHIA CANOY, Mambulao-LGU
By CYNTHIA CANOY
Coordinator, Livelihood Project
ELATED Mambulao Mayor Ricarte “Dong” Padilla yesterday received a check for P40,000 towards his livelihood project called “Tulong kabuhayan sa Kariton” (support for pushcart livelihood).
The money, raised by online newsletter Mambulaoaon Worldwide Buzz, or MWBuzz, from donors overseas, was turned over to Padilla by former town councilor Carlos Taboada.
Taboada is MWBuzz’s coordinator-representative in Mambulao.
A Banco de Oro (BD0) mock check for the fund was presented to Padilla during a brief ceremony at his office yesterday afternoon.
The turnover was witnessed by Joy del Rosario, municipal livelihood officer-designate and employees.
Actually, the funds raised amounted P44,640, of which P4,640 (in US dollar equivalent) was sent to MWBuzz in two separate checks just a few days ago by two US donors.
One of the checks for P2,000 will be forwarded to municipal treasurer-JP-LGU, while the other for an equivalent of P2,640 will be sent in manager’s check to Padilla, with the municipal treasurer-JP-LGU, as the payee.
In his remark after receiving the check, Padilla said:
“Good afternoon. In behalf of the Municipality of Jose Panganiban, we would like to convey our deepest appreciation for the assistance that is handed to our small- scale merchant beneficiaries of the ‘Sulong kabuhayan sa kariton’.
“The amount of P40,000.00 came from various donations of Mambulenos living abroad through the effort of Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz founders and editors -- Mr Percy A Ostonal and Mr Fred P Hernandez.”
Earlier, Padilla partnered MWBuzz in the “kariton” livelihood scheme to tap its resources in promoting the project among Mambulaoans worldwide.
Del Rosario, commenting on the turnover picture posted on Facebook account of the Jose Panganiban Camarines Norte Group, said: All this (fundraising) was through the efforts of MWbuzz editors and founders, Mr Percy A Ostonal and Mr Alfredo P Hernandez.
“The LGU of JP (Mambulao) is very grateful to your support to local programmes that address employment and income generation,” she said, referring to the two MWBuzz executives.
The online fundraising was an initiative of Ostonal, MWBuzz marketing and advertising director-consultant, who is based in Michigan, USA and Hernandez, MWBuzz editor-in-chief, of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
In soliciting the funds, MWBuzz was assisted by Arlene Grace Suzara, of Northern California, and Mary Fe Barcoma-Dearth, of Ohio, USA. They also donated to the fund.
The donors based in the US, Canada, Middle East and the Philippines had chipped in an amount from US$50.
Ostonal said MWBuzz decided to take the fundraising initiated to help the Mambulao local government sustain the “kariton” livelihood project, which provides a soft loan of P2,000 to every qualified indigent household in Mambulao.
He said: “Though Mr Fred P Hernandez and myself are both thousand miles away, we look for ways to help our town and people the best we can thru our co-founded Mambulao online news "Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz … God bless us all.”
Hernandez said: “MWBuzz will always be available to promote progress-oriented activities by our kababayan in the Philipines and overseas for the benefit of the marginalized members of our community.”
The first batch of 10 recipients have been making steady incomes from P150 to P450 a day since they started their activities -- each of them using a push cart fitted with vending paraphernalia.
Another batch of 10 would be launched soon, according to the LGU livelihood unit.
The push carts, which were built by the local government at a cost of P9,500 per unit, have been loaned out to the first 10 recipients as additional assistance.
The first group took up a seminar on simple bookkeeping, records keeping and proper food handling.
The participants were also urged to present proposals for potential line of business, which could be refined and adopted as part of the livelihood program.
The beneficiary would decide whether to make loan repayment monthly or bi-weekly.
Based on initial daily sales monitoring before the project was officially launched, the subject vendor netted P500 a day from sales.
It is hoped that more and more poor families would be given the chance to operate their own income-generating projects.
List of donors for the first batch of funds:
1) Mr and Mrs Manny Paa (former residents of Baranggay Parang, Mambulao/ OFW Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
2) Mr and Mrs Poloy/Elsie Dimaunahan (Mambulao,/OFW Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
3) Mrs Rosenda “T'yang Rosing” Evangelista-Romualdo and family (Mambulao, New Jersey, USA)
4) Mrs Germilina "Nana Mena" Abasula- Ostonal Sra and family (Mambulao, Toronto, Canada, USA)
5) Mr and Mrs Carlos "Caloy" Taboada and family (Nee: Priscilla "Precy" Abasula Ostonal) (Mambulao, Toronto, Canada)
6) Mr Jaime "JR" San Andres, Jr (Mambulao, New Jersey, USA)
7) Mr and Mrs, Ernesto "Ernie" Pena and family (Baranggay Osmena, Mambulao / Pennsylvania, USA)
8) Mr and Mrs Thomas "Tom" L Torres and family (Nee: Socorro "Corrine/ Coring "Macaro-Aler) (Mambulao, Los Angeles, California, USA)
9) Ms Mary Fe Barcoma-Dearth and family (Mambulao, Ohio, US )
10) Ms Rosalie "Neneng" A Ostonal-Reyes and family (Mambulao, Connecticut, USA)
11) Ms Arlene Grace Suzara and family (Mambulao, Northern California, USA)
12) Mr and Mrs Priscillano "Pong" A Ostonal and family (Mambulao, Toronto, Canada)
13) Mr and Mrs, Edgar "Egay" Macaro-Aler and family (Mambulao, Northridge, California, USA)
14) Mr and Mrs Tristan U Barcelon and family (Nee: Larah Faye A Ostonal) (Novi, Michigan, USA )
15) Ms Evangeline Barcoma-Demasayao and family (Mambulao, Saskatchewan, Canada )
16) Mr and Mrs Ricardo “Ric” Espana and family, of New York.
17) Mr Alfredo “Fred/Freddie” P Hernandez and family (Baranggay Parang, Mambulao, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz online news editor-In-chief, founder and administrator)
18) Mr and Mrs Percival "Percy" A Ostonal and family (Mambulao, Michigan, USA) - Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz online news co-founder, advertising and marketing director-consultant)
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