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DOLE livelihood program empowers PWDs in Cotabato

“Di hadlang ang kapansanan sa pag-asenso” A group of Persons with disabilities in the municipality of Mlang, Cotabato Province sure had this belief as members of  PWD Association of Mlang (PWDAM) initially are gaining success in their chosen livelihood project through the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).


PWDAM started to organize their group in 2016. Members with different physical disabilities but with an exceptional drive to be equally productive just like any normal person came from the thirty-seven barangays of Mlang in Cotabato Province.


In July 2016 their group received a livelihood package amounting to P530, 426.30 in the form of kits and equipment for their cafeteria project. The cafeteria is strategically located beside Mlang Municipal Gymnasium inside the municipal compound where most of their customers are employees of the local government unit, other government employees, and students in the adjacent public school.


Today, the cafeteria boasts of a minimum income of P10, 000 a month and had even reached at one point more than P70, 000.00 in income from its catering services. The sustainability of the project is a result of the active cooperation of the members with the goal of uplifting their lives and that of their families.


“Malaking tulong ang ibinigay na gamit at paninda ng DOLE para sa aming cafeteria, pwede rin naming maipagmalaki ang ginawa namin para sa kagaya naming may mga kapansanan,” said Hermilo Farren the PWDAM president. With their sustained growth, they invested by purchasing one unit of motorcycle to help in their mobilization. They also took the initiative in organizing more PWDs in at least 20 barangays in the municipality


The association does not only improve the income of their members but it also generated employment by hiring three staff to help them in the cafeteria.


DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano said that the department is working hard to provide equal opportunities on livelihood program not only to the working poor and marginalized workers; but also to vulnerable individuals like the persons with disabilities.


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