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Ang Kasangga Holds 2-day National Assembly

Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran (Ang Kasangga) holds today (March 7) a two-day national assembly and launching to be attended by more than 200 delegates coming from all over the country to map out their plans for the coming May 10 elections.

Lito Trinidad, campaign manager of Ang Kasangga, said the national assembly will bring together formal and informal micro-entrepreneurs who deserve due recognition for their invaluable contribution and role in enlivening the country’s economy. “Filipino micro-entrepreneurs are the new heroes of our times. They deserve not only our adulation and commendation but also our continued support to allow them to continue the role they play in enlivening the country’s commerce and industry,” he said.

On the first day of the national assembly to be held at Best Western Astor Hotel, in Makati City, former Commission on Elections Commissioner Mahol Sadain will speak about the prospects of the partylist groups in the coming May 10 elections. The seminar workshop will be capped by the ceremonial signing of a “Manifesto of Unity, Commitment and Support” to Ang Kasangga among the regional, district and municipal leaders and coordinators at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City.

Ang Kasangga members are likewise expected to rally behind the group’s bid for sectoral representation in Congress in the May 10 elections to allow it to continually provide formal and informal micro-entrepreneurs access not only to employment but also a business enterprise that would improve their social and economic status in life.

“We believe that the cause and advocacy of Ang Kasangga will be better propagated and spread if the marginalized sector of micro-entrepreneurs it represents will be given a chance to participate through the partylist system law,” Trinidad added. Ang Kasangga, one of the country’s major partylist groups today, is composed of groups composed of micro-entrepreneurs, business executives and professionals who believe that micro-entrepreneurship is the backbone of the country’s commerce and industry.

Through the leadership of Ang Kasangga chairman Teodorico Haresco Jr, it now boasts of 260,000 members from various sectors, most of whom are sari-sari store and market vendors, jeepney, bus, and tricycle drivers and operators, and small producers of leather, furniture, and candies, among others. Representatives Rahman Nava, Jeffrey Ferrer, Florencio Miraflores, and Marilou Arroyo will lead the list of personalities who will attend the assembly cum launching for the regional and district chapters where Ang Kasangga’s presence remains strong.

Among those who also confirmed their attendance include Gov. Joey Salceda, Gov. Rodolfo Antonino, Gov. Aurelio Umali and Gov. Felipe Nava, along with several municipal leaders and coordinators and youth sector representatives. The assembly and launching will also highlight the accomplishments of Ang Kasangga in propagating, developing, and promoting micro-entrepreneurship in order to improve the productivity, income, quality of employment and social life of its members.

For the past years, Ang Kasangga has untiringly provided a micro-lending program for marginalized barangay-based micro-entrepreneurs, a scholarship program for 46 children of slain Filipino journalists, a human resource-building program, a livelihood and housing program, a fiscal program for savings, among others.

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