TESDA trainers demonstrate some basic strokes of massage to PWDs-trainees. (Photo courtesy of Amalia Decena)

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 13 (PIA) – Twenty one persons with disability (PWD) benefitted from the free skills training recently conducted by the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) in partnership with the Provincial Social Welfare here.

Expert trainers from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) provided massage training to 12 PWDs and hair cutting to nine others.

Trainers from TESDA demonstrate some basic techniques on hair cutting to PWDs-trainees. (Photo courtesy of Amalia Decena)
“This is one way of empowering our PWDs,” Amalia Decena, president of the Fereration of PWDs in the province said.

She urged people not look at PWDs as object of charity but people who can do better and become productive citizens if given the necessary support, training and resources.

For some, having a disability is a burden but for Decena, there are opportunities despite having a disabilty. “With ample support from the government and non-government organizations who will provide the necessary assistance, they will also be as productive as those who does not have any disability at all,” Decena said.

“We have formed cooperatives and associations for PWDs and most of them are generating income enough to sustain their needs. Gone were the days when most of them can be seen on the streets begging for alms,” she said.

Currently, there are about 16,000 PWDs in the province, most of them have their own livelihood.

Decena said the livelihood program of the PWD Association in Enrile town is gaining popularity because the products produced by its members are being sold in the established display center in town and patronized by the people.

Decena shared they are going to receive P200,000 financial assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the purchase of equipment for peanut, meat and other processing activities. (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)