In its goal to widen the livelihood skills of the 30 Young Adults with Disabilities (YAWDs) of Cagayan, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) held a training on candle-making last May 10-11, 2012 at the Integrated Resource Training Center (IRTC) for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City.
According to PSWD Officer Edna T. Junio the training paves way for the YAWDs to become better providers for their families. It imparts them the needed entrepreneurial skills which they need in their respective livelihood ventures in the future. Despite their physical disability, they can be better persons after they acquire knowledge and expertise from this training. “Over the years, physically impaired individuals are discriminated because of their physical disability. But because of programs and opportunities initiated by the province to boost their skills and talents, they were able to recover from past discriminations. From series of livelihood trainings conducted by the office, our members are now more independent and self-reliant,” Junio added.
Meanwhile, PWDs Coordinator Daisy Baguisi said the training gives opportunity to YAWDs to be more creative by showing new techniques and designs in candle-making. “This activity is income-generating because after the training they may start their own businesses right in their own residences. We should be grateful to Governor Alvaro Antonio for the opportunities he provides for the PWDs. In fact, the provincial government is set to conduct activities focusing on the needs of PWDs these coming months,” Baguisi added.
Dante Miravel, a former detainee of Muntinlupa, Manila prison was the resource speaker in the training. Some staff of the PSWDO also joined the training. ASLacambra