Sara Duterte's OVP plans to provide P20,000 business grant to women, LGBTQ+

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Philippine Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte attends an economic briefing following President Ferdinand Marcos Jr's first State of the Nation Address, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David
Philippine Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte attends an economic briefing following President Ferdinand Marcos Jr's first State of the Nation Address, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Office of the Vice President (OVP) plans to launch a livelihood program called “Magnegosyo Ta Day” specifically targeting women and LGBTQ+ members to start a business “to provide [them an] inclusive finance empowerment,” said spokesperson Reynold Munsayac.

Qualified beneficiaries under the program will be given up to P20,000 for capital and shall undergo basic business management training in livestock, sari-sari stores, goat dispersal, native chicken, and mini-meat processing, according to Munsayac.

“This program will definitely stimulate economic activity, generate employment, and spur economic growth,” Munsayac further pointed out.

He also said that the OVP plans to open up more satellite offices, in addition to the current six all over the country, which are currently offering medical and burial assistance to the public.

“The OVP intends to open additional satellite offices to expand the reach of its social services program to more marginalized communities,” Munsayac said.

However, the OVP has yet to provide details on the said program, and when it would be launched.

Meanwhile, VP Duterte also plans to consult Congress for a “permanent home and office” for the succeeding vice presidents, a move that Munsayac said will provide “stability and reduced cost in office operations.”

At present, Duterte is holding office in Mandaluyong City, close to the Department of Education (DepEd) of which she is also the head. Former VP Leni Robredo, meanwhile, held office at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila, while Former VP Jejomar Binay held office at the Coconut Palace.

“The OVP aims to establish and construct a permanent home and office for succeeding vice presidents and the OVP personnel,” Munsayac said.

With this, the OVP and its personnel will no longer be “uprooted” every time a new administration takes office, which would then “enhance efficiency in the delivery of social services to the people,” Munsayac added.

“This will result in stability and reduced cost in office operations considering that future Vice Presidents would no longer need to rent temporary offices to house their staff,” he said.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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