OCSWADO dissuades giving alms to PWDs

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


PEOPLE are being discouraged to give alms even to persons with disabilities.

Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan said during the weekly kapihan, instead of sympathizing with disabled beggars by giving them coins, they should not give them alms to realize their worth.

"If you see them begging in the streets, don't give them alms," she said.

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She said most of the PWDs especially blinds have already been provided social services from OCSWADO or by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

These social services are mostly skills training, which they can use to qualify and be hired for a job or to have business of their own.

She added assistance have already been extended not only to them but also to their families.

Fangasan said that despite some PWDs who have already undertaken skills training, others still go back on the streets to beg for alms because they believe it is one easy way to earn.

The City Social Welfare Officer even threatened PWD's to be apprehended for begging but to no avail.

"Only when we stop giving alms to them that they will soon realize na it's useless to be sitting down there kasi wala palang magbibigay," Fangasan added.

In that way, she said, the PWDs will also realize there is still something in them they have to look into and utilize.

Baguio Federation of PWDs Organization vice president Jerry Lingalig seconded, telling fellow PWDs should treasure what is left of them or what they have despite their disabilities.

"Gamitin natin para kumita ng marangal hindi yung ginagamit natin yung kapansanan natin para humingi ng limos," he said.

The OCSWADO along with their partner agencies Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Tesda continue to provide services such as skills training in massage, baking, cooking, rug-making and even in information technology among others.

The office will also be monitoring the trained PWDs to ensure they are either employed or running their own businesses that will earn them decent income.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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