July 18, 2024

The Mountain Province Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) concluded a three-day skills training seminar for Sagada senior citizens held from June 5  to 7 2024.

The skills training aimed to provide knowledge and potential sustainable livelihood programs among senior citizens in response to the requests of Sagada residents.

LIVELIHOOD SKILLS TRAINING — Senior citizens of Sagada, Mountain Province completed the tree-day skills training seminar held on June 5 to 7, which aims to provide knowledge and potential sustainable livelihood programs in response to the requests of Sagada residents. The training was organized by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development in partnership with the Department of Trade Industry. — Mary Grace Marzo/ BSU

Venus Padayaw, PSWDO Senior Cooperative Development specialist, said the activity will benefit the participants as the training activities are intended for them in a way they can still work at home by using their hands.

They will gain an income by selling the products they made.

The skills training focused on making souvenirs which is a relevant skill considering Sagada’s popularity as a tourist destination.

Aileen Fateg, PSWDO staff who conducted the skills training enhancement said the program caters to the tourist market so the participants can choose souvenirs like key chains, ref magnets, and necklaces as their product.

Padayaw said the seminar is an opportunity not only for skills development but also serves as their daily habit or entertainment, with its open discussion.

Padayaw said a lot of senior citizens are experiencing various sickness especially Alzheimer’s disease.

Through this program, it can help them mental stimulation and promote healthy well-being of the elders.

 Rosalia Padayaw, a 78-year-old Sagada resident said, “Dakkel iti tulong ta imbes nga gumatang ka dagituy a souvenir, why don’t you make your own and sell?”

  She believes the acquired skills from the training will help them and other senior citizens to establish a livelihood for them to provide for their daily needs. – Mary Grace F. Marzo