, March 29 (PIA) – Twelve (12) persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the province were fortunate to receive Kabuhayan Starter Kits from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently.
According to Mirriam Llanos, chief of the newly established Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in Pagadian Cty PWDs received starter kits for cooking, carpentry and dressmaking worth P300,000.
Llanos explained that their office sent a letter to DOLE to help PWDs with skills in cooking, carpentry and sewing by providing them with free starter kits so that they can use their skills to support themselves and become productive members of society.
Llanos was overjoyed that DOLE regional director Roy Buenafe quickly approved her letter and immediately delivered the starter kits to her office and so that they could give them to the identified beneficiaries.
Llanos added that even though PWDs have a physical disability but they have unique skills that a normal person cannot do so they can use them to help themselves, they can be independent and not beg on the streets.
The differently-abled persons in the province are very happy that they have received livelihood assistance from the government because they can now apply their skills and they will also have a daily income in the coming days.
Nicanora Cabatingan, a PWD of barangay Gatas, Pagadian City who was one of the lucky selected beneficiaries of the starter kits felt overjoyed and excited to receive the cooking equipment.
“Dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa DOLE nga gitabangan nila kaming mga PWDs nga makabangon sa among malisod nga kahimtang pinaagi sa ilang gihatag nga livelihood assistance. Ang starter kits nga akong nadawat akong gamiton sa pagpangluto ug aron aduna usab akoy inadlaw-adlaw nga abot,” Cabatingan said.
(I am thankful to DOLE for the livelihood assistance accorded to us, PWDs, to help us recover from our difficult situation. The starter kits I have received will be used for cooking, so I will have daily income.)
Cabatingan who has a passion for cooking hopes that like her, there will be more PWDs who can be helped by the government and can free themselves from the shackles of poverty.
Llanos also said the distribution of starter kits also became part of the PDAO event in their celebration of women’s month this March as some of its beneficiaries are women with disabilities. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)