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28 Kibungsod PWDs now earns income thru DOLE Rice Trading Project

 

Cagayan de Oro City --- The 28 Persons-With-Disability (PWDs) of Barangay Kibungsod received their livelihood Rice Trading Project financial assistance of Php 195,600.00 during the turnover ceremony under the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) on 29 August 2020 in Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental. This entrepreneur undertaking capacitates the PWD beneficiaries to earn a living through the financial assistance provided by the Department.

 

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Or. PFO) Chief Errol A. Natividad said the member-beneficiaries availed the livelihood financial assistance of the Department to improve their financial capacity and boost the social economic activities of their community as highlighted in Republic Act (RA) No. 7277 or “An Act Providing for the Rehabilitation, Self-Development and Self-Reliance of Disabled Persons and their Integration into the Mainstream of Society and for Other Purposes”.

 

Chief Natividad emphasized Section 4, item (i) on Sheltered Employment, that the government or the state through DILEEP will provide income-producing project to the members giving them the opportunity to earn a living, thus enabling them to acquire a working capacity required in the open industry.

 

Kibungsod PWD President Lorena C. Bandoy formally accepted the project. She said, “Kani nga proyekto, dako gyud ni nga tabang sa mga miyembro ilabi na nga kani sila mga PWDs. Tungod ani makatabang sila sa ilang isig ka-pamilya bahin sa pinansyal ug mabatian pud nila nga aduna silay parte sa paglambo sa komyunidad. Mao dako kaayo among pasalamat sa DOLE tungod niini, nahatagan ang mga miyembro ug higayon nga makanegosyo.” (This income-generating project would greatly help the members in the social and economic development of the community. Also, it will enable them to be productive and give them the chance to help their families financially despite their disabilities. Thus, we are very thankful to DOLE, through this project, the members were given an opportunity to start up a business.)

 

Correspondingly, Lorena shared that being a PWD is not easy and discrimination from society is inevitable, “Bilang usa ka PWD, dili gyud sayon. lisod mangita ug trabaho ug dili gyud malikayan na aduna gyud diskriminasyon.” (Being a PWD is not easy, it is hard to find a job and social discrimination is inevitable.) She is married but has no child, she became a PWD when she got accidently burned when her house caught fire. Teary-eyed she said, “Sa sinugdanan, lisod gyud dawaton nga akong wala na kamot ug tiil kay wala nay kusog ug dili na pareho sauna, dako gyud siya ug epekto sa adlaw-adlaw na buluhaton sa panimalay. Pero pasalamat gihapon ko sa Ginoo na maski sa kalisod na kaagi, wala gyud gihapon mi niya pasagdi ug aduna koy bana na maoy gahugot ug kusog sa akoa.” (At first, it was difficult for me to accept my left limbs could not fully function, especially when it affected my daily activities of household chores. But despite the challenges, I am still thankful to God because He still blessed us and I am also thankful to my husband for his support).

 

Although Lorena says that it would be difficult for her to be employed with regular income, she still found ways to earn a living through buy and sell of various products. Upon learning about DILEEP, she gathered her fellow unemployed PWDs in their barangay. She proposed Rice Trading as the most feasible livelihood suitable for them as rice is a staple produce in the market and with high demands.

 

She also said that the project would help her fellow members improve their financial standing and boost their morale. “Kami mga PWDs, dako gyud among kalipay nga nahatagan kami ug higuyan na makanegosyo kay dili gyud lalim mangita ug trabaho labi na nga PWD mi. Pinaagi niining proyekto, kabalo ko nga makatabang gyud kini sa among isig kapamilya kay halosa sa amoa wala gyud mga trabaho, mao tungod ani, nabatian gyud namo nga maski PWD mi, makasilbi gihapon kami sa among isig kapamilya. Naghinaot pod unta kami nga makahatag kami ug inspirasyon sa uban pang mga PWDs na dili sila mawad-an ug paglaum ug maski PWD makasildbi gihapon sa pamilya ug sa komunidad.” (We, the PWDs are overwhelmed with happiness that we were given the opportunity to start a business, especially we have difficulties in being employed in full time job. Through this project, we know that we could help our families since most of us do not have jobs, that is why through this, we feel that we can also provide for them. We also hope that we serve as inspirations to our fellow PWDs that even with disabilities).

 

The turn-over ceremony was graced by Magsaysay Municipal Mayor Rey Buhisan with his Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Bethsaida S. Labiano; and the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) representative Daisy Q. Carael of Talisayan RBT MPC/Kibungsod Persons With Disability Association who are responsible in purchasing the rice packs for sale from the cash assistance provided by DOLE-X.

 

The DILEEP or Kabuhayan Program is the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction. It is implemented either through direct administration by the DOLE or through an ACP. One of the priority beneficiaries of the program is the PWDs belonging to the most vulnerable sector of the society. Aside from the income earned from their business, the members are provided with safety nets on social benefits of the Social Security System, PHILHEALTH, and Pag-ibig Fund.

 

The DOLE aims to uplift the living conditions of the vulnerable sector.

 

End/Lalaine V. Delima with additional reports from Alice P. Tinhay/DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO

 

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(From left) DOLE X- Misamis Oriental PFO Chief Errol A. Natividad, President of Kibungsod PWD Association Lorena Bandoy, ACP representative Daisy Carael, during the turn-over ceremony of Rice Project Livelihood Project on 29 August 2020 at Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental. (Photo source: DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO)

President of Kibungsod PWD Association, Lorena Bandoy (front, center), together with the other PWD members formally accepted the rice trading livelihood project on 29 August 2020 at Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental. (Photo source: DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO)

 

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2020-10-15
JOFFREY M. SUYAO




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