May 23, 2024

The Department of Labor and Employment-Baguio Benguet, in collaboration with the Baguio City Mayor’s Office-Persons With Disabilities Office (PDAO), spearheaded an orientation on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program for women with disabilities.

This is in line with the National Women’s Month celebration with the theme, “Kakayahan ng kababaihan, patutunayan”.

DOLE-Baguio Benguet Livelihood Focal Person, Thimothy Isaac L. Zamora and PDAO Officer Samuel G. Aquino discussed the various livelihood assistance opportunities for women and the guidelines and documentary requirements in availing the program.

In his presentation, Zamora emphasized DOLE’s goal of creating opportunities for sustainable livelihoods that align with agency’s goal of fostering economic growth and empowerment at the grassroots level.

He said being differently-abled does not equate to being unproductive, adding skills can be learned and acquired through experience or by participating in workshops or trainings.

While having disabilities may pose as a barrier to some physical and economic activities, there are achievable measures and accesses to economic security.

At the latter part of the program, the attendees were given ample time to raise their concerns and clarification in the applicability and availability of their intended projects.

During the question-and-answer portion, the participants also shared their hopes and aspirations and thanked the DOLE for setting the stepping stones toward economic independence.

The presenters reminded the participants the government is committed in reaching out to everyone in the society, especially to those in need. – Daryll B. Ponard