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DOLE-X grants Bugo, Lapasan PWD ecobag livelihood; answers Oro demand


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, 22 July --- With the implementation of Cagayan de Oro’s City-Wide Plastic Regulation or City Ordinance No. 13378-2018 imposing a ban on plastic bags in all commercial establishments effective 1 January 2019, two PWD groups from Barangays Bugo and Lapasan took advantage of the increasing demand for ecobags through DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) for the start-up capital.


Armed with the right will and determination, the groups sought the help of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTsP) for the training on making ecobags and financial literacy.


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) – Cagayan de Oro City Field Office (CDO FO) Chief Ebba B. Acosta said based on groups’ proposals, their 133 members will be able to produce an average of 15,886 ecobags monthly. DOLE-X provided their need of capacity building, sewing tools and equipment, and direct materials such as polymark and thread.


Person with Disability Lapasan Association (PWD-LA) President Albert Dala said, “Most of us usually used to only wait for our families to give us money. We do not have daily income that can help us sustain our basic needs.”


 “We never thought we would be able to work. It is only now that we - PWDs, feel useful to the community. When DOLE informed us that our proposal was approved, it really brought immeasurable joy and pride to our members. Hence, we are so grateful to DOLE for this opportunity,” said Children-Person with Special Needs, Inc. President Teresita Tindoy Hope.


Acosta said the office released PhP 151,410.00 financial assistance to Hope for Children-Person with Special Needs, Inc. and PhP 129,373.00 to PWD-LA through Oro Investment & Micro-Finance Cooperative (OIMC) as their Accredited Co-Partner.


“These people are persons with special needs. Despite their incapacity, they never lost hope and instead developed their skills to help each other in order to be more productive. We hope that the abled persons will make them an inspiration. We are hoping that their project will grow into an enterprise,” Acosta said.


DILP is one of the components of DILEEP which is a community-based package of assistance for those who want to start a business, those who have existing business, and those whose business was damaged or destroyed due to calamities.


EndAkisa L. Guro-Boriongan/DOLE-X CDO FO


Engr. Dante Cuevas (2nd from the right), one of the PWDs, gives his message during their graduation on the conducted PWD Skills Training for Ecobag Making by USTsP. (Photosource: Akisa G. Boriongan/DOLE-X CDO FO)


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