THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 gave a livelihood grant of P243,292.50 to 26 persons with disabilities (PWDs).
The PWDs are graduates of the skills training conducted by the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.
Labor and Employment Officer Fernando S. Lopez and Dole 7 administrative assistant Erwin A. Demiar of Dole 7 led the turnover of the 26 livelihood starter kits to AVRC II graduates of various courses, including massage therapy, sewing craft, commercial arts and craft, computer technology, consumer electronics, commercial cooking and basic cosmetology.
The distribution of the livelihood kits were part of the integrated livelihood program of Dole 7, a capacity-building assistance for the livelihood of the vulnerable and indigent workers. The grant can be given either for individual or group livelihood projects.
AVRC II head Graeme Ferdinand Armecin thanked Dole 7 for giving tools, supplies and materials to the PWD graduates.
“The continued partnership of Dole 7, DSWD 7 and the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc. manifests how the government and private people’s organization is supporting and preparing PWDs to be economically productive,” he said.
The Dole 7 program aims to promote livelihood and entrepreneurship among the marginalized sectors in the community that includes the PWDs and reduce the impact of poverty to generate employment through actual practice of acquired skills and use of livelihood starter kits.