Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat- Brimming with happiness and armed with determination, Angelino Sarona, 23 years old, a person with disability (PWD) and resident of Barangay Malegdeg this municipality, is resolute to accept the livelihood opportunity brought by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of SNA.

Angelito who has an inborn limb defects in his right arm and leg, said the livelihood project (Sari-Sari Store) would be of great help as he continues to finish his two year Associate in Computer Technology course at the SNA College Foundation.

“Nagpapasamat po ako sa tanggapan ng DOLE at sa aming lokal na pamahalaan sa oportunidad na ibinigay sa akin upang maipagpatuloy ko ang aking pag-aaral at makatulong sa pamilya,” Angelito said.

(I am grateful to DOLE and to our local government for the opportunity which will help me continue my studies and also increase my family’s income.)

Angelito believes that his disability has never been a hindrance to reach for his dream to finish his studies and become a responsible family man in the future. He also urged his fellow PWDs to access government programs such as DILP to become valuable citizens of society.

DOLE 12-Sultan Kudarat Field Office Head Mary Jane Hoksuan said that the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) is one of the strategies of the government to address poverty and increase job generation.

“Our strong partnership with local government units in Sultan Kudarat will continue to ensure that the needs of the marginalized sector in the province are provided,” Hoksuan said.

Hoksuan is also encouraging all beneficiaries to enhance their skills through their chosen livelihood projects and improve their family’s quality of life.

On his part, SNA Mayor Randy Ecija challenged skilled beneficiaries to organize to access continued support from the government.

“We see to it that every marginalized worker will have an access to our programs and services especially when it comes to livelihood. Accessibility is within their reach because of the presence of our field office personnel in the provinces and cities,” Regional Director Sisinio Cano said.

The formal turn-over of livelihood check worth Php1,053,856.00 for 85 beneficiaries was done during the 18th Sulok Coffee Festival with Mayor Ecija, other local officials and its constituents. End/KZTurnos