Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, April 6 (PIA) -- “I am happy because I was informed that there are agencies of government that can provide livelihood to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)” Ferda S. Abando, President of Pederasyon ng may Kapansanan sa bayan ng Daet (PEKADA).

This was during the Talakayan sa PIA On Air/Kapihan over DWCN-Radyo Pilipinas held March 26 coinciding the 14th Women with Disability Day with the theme “#ProgresstoSucess: Babaeng May Kapansanan sa Pagbabago Manguna at Manindigan Ka”.

Abando said that they have just organized their group as federation recently and planned to have a project but in need of capital to pursue.

Jane Rolda, provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment urged her to visit her office to assist on the livelihood that their group wanted to engage.

She said that the PWDs is one of the sectors that the DOLE serve aside from  self-employed, farmers, fisherfolks, women, youth, displaced workers, IPs, parents of child laborers, rebel returnes and those victims of armed conflicts except government employees and 4Ps beneficiaries.

Rolda discussed that their DOLE Kabuhayan group project can have a grant ranging from P250 thousand to P1 million depending on the number of members of the association.

She said that for individual they have the Nego Kart or Negosyo sa Kariton with P20,000 per capita and the Starter Kit for those individual who have skills like cosmetology, food processing, massage therapist, electrician and among others also worth P20 thousand as grant.

Tobias M. Obrero Jr. of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority said that they have four training modalities the school-based, center-based, enterprized-based and community-based.

These are being done with TESDA’s infrastructure in place in administered schools, training centers, enterprise-based training through DTS/apprenticeship and community-based training in convergence with the LGU’s.

He said that they also provide certification or the National Certificate (NC) after the training skills and or assessment.

Obrero said that they have also several scholarships that can be availed through individual or group but with partner or maybe through community based.

He added that they can avail of the program through walk-in, barangay referral and on-line.

Acelita E. Padolina, focal for Senior Citizen/GAD of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources here on the other hand said that they will spearhead a training on food processing on June with Senior Citizen and PWDs as participants in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

She said that they also invite PWDs in their regular orientation seminar on environment protection. (RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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