DOLE to deploy Diskwento Caravan to help minimum wage earners


Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  yesterday announced that the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) will again deploy the very popular Diskwento Caravan to the National Capital Region (NCR) this year.
“The Diskwento Caravan is part of the government’s non-wage benefits program, which provides workers and their families access to basic commodities and services at discounted/affordable prices, thereby augmenting their income and providing them financial relief,” explained Baldoz, adding that the government has been organizing Diskwento Caravans since 2008.
“The DOLE, through the NWPC and the DOLE-NCR, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry and the local government units in the region, will mount the first Diskwento Caravan on May 10. Thereafter, seven more caravans will be conducted around the national capital,” Baldoz said.
In 2011, the NWPC organized 14 caravans in Metro Manila alone, benefiting 62,172 workers/buyers and generating a total sale of P5.2 million.
Like last year, items to be sold in this year’s Diskwento Caravan are canned goods, noodles, rice, juice, coffee, processed meats, condiments, milk, medicines, school uniforms, bags, shoes, bath and detergent soaps, and basic apparel, among others.
To ensure that more workers and their families will have access to the discounted basic goods and commodities, Baldoz has instructed NWPC Executive Director Ciriaco Lagunzad III to enlist more private sector manufacturers and companies to participate in the Diskwento Caravan.
The schedule of the caravan is as follows:
May 10: Pasay City
May 11: Quezon City
May 16: Pateros
June 1: Taguig City
June 25: Navotas City
July 12: Makati City
July 16: Mandaluyong City
November 9: Makati City
Baldoz urged non-minimum wage earners and their families to watch out for, and go to, these Diskwento Caravans in their areas.