by Chito A. Chavez (Manila Bulletin) | March 15, 2015
Three community organizations in Quezon City were the first beneficiaries of an executive order that encourages sustainable livelihood and economic empowerment for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The PWD organizations received sewing machines as a start to a community-based business that makes bed linens.
The PWD Empowerment Project of the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) is supported by the British Embassy.
NVAP President Emer Rojas said the sewing business that will be set up by PWD groups in Quezon City would initially supply the bed linen requirements of the Department of Health (DOH).
“Aside from equipment, PWDs will also be provided with technical support as well as business management training by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as mandated by EO417.
“PWDs normally receive skills training to make products but they are left to compete in the regular market that unfortunately has preconceived biases against differently-abled people. But with EO417, PWDs are now assured of continuous source of livelihood because government is their sure market,” Rojas added.
Rojas is currently the sector representative at the Quezon City Development Council and also at the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).