Ang Kasangga cites record after Comelec accreditation
Groups of marginalized Metro Manila microentrepreneurs belonging to the Ang Kasangga party list held a Thanksgiving mass at the Luneta last May 13 in celebration of the party list inclusion into the Philippine Congress, in turn providing representation for the party list’s microentrepreneur members….
Ang Kasangga President Jose T. Tumbokon yesterday dismissed assaults on Ang Kasangga and Comelec by a leader of one group that failed to win accreditation. The Comelec was charged with double standard after it accredited Ang Kasangga and Bantay but rejected one other group accreditation of Ang Kasangga and Bantay.
“Ang Kasangga has been existing all these years as a non-stock, non-profit, civic and service oriented entity. It registered as a party-list organization before the 2007 elections to advance its principal advocacy to propagate, develop, and promote micro-entrepreneurship as the backbone of our rural economy,” Tumbokon said.
“Ang Kasangga, these past four years, has a scholarship program for the orphaned children of school age of slain Filipino journalists. Ten Kasangga scholars have already graduated from college. This year; 37 children of slain Filipino journalists are enjoying scholarships in its program. With the senseless, gruesome and barbaric killing of journalists in Maguindanao, the burden to send to school their surviving children will fall on Ang Kasangga,” Tumbokon said.
Rizal Park ambulant vendors were among the first recipients of Ang Kasangga’s mini-micro capital lending without interest for their ambulant vending business at the Rizal Park. “The Rizal Park vendors have graduated from ambulant vendors who were victims of “5-6” lending exploiters. They are now store operators at the Rizal Park, thanks to Ang Kasangga of which they are now members” Lucy Galvez of National Park Development Operations said.
Among marginalized groups in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces which received micro-lending assistance from Ang Kasangga are: Viles Massage Services of the Blind headed by Dante Tissan; Novaliches-Deparo Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association headed by Severino del Rosario; Silang Market Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Nonileta Ramos, Silang Transport Services Development Cooperative headed by Anhastascio de La Merced; and Murphy Market Verndors and Retailers Association headed by Liwayway Forte.
Ang Kasangga has been able to undertake these projects through the support and guidance of its chairman, Mr. Teodorico Haresco Jr.