Text and photos by JAKE SORIANO, VERA Files
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are now guaranteed the best market for their products and services: the government.
The signing last year of the implementing rules and regulations of Executive Order 417 or the Economic Independence Program for PWDs, is key to providing sustainable livelihoods for PWDs, say advocates.
“PWDs are usually taught enough skills to engage in business, but we are left to compete in the regular market,” said Emer Rojas, the sector’s representative to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), during last week’s forum on sustainable development for PWDs by the Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy).
“Tinuturuan tayo ng kung ano-ano. Gumawa ng sabon, gumawa ng kandila… Eh kung hindi mabenta, anong gagawin natin sa kandila? Hintayin na lang natin, gamitin natin pagka-nakaburol tayo (We PWDs are taught soap-making or candle-making skills, but there is no stable market for these products. What do we do with unsoldRead More »from Seize economic opportunities provided by law, PWDs told