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Nueva Vizcaya: A haven of empowerment for the disabled
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya– In the early 1990s, Roy Bacolod of barangay Poblacion in Aritao town, Jerry Limboc of barangay Roxas in Solano town and Marlon Suni of barangay Murong in Bagabag town were some of the members of the newly-organized Provincial Federation of Persons with Disability (PFPWD) working for a few income-generating projects within the provincial capitol compound in Bayombong town.
The teahouse, boating lagoon and bike rentals then served as source of income among the few PFPWD members who struggled to support their studies in a bid to earn their college degrees, and it worked.
Today, Bacolod, 31, who finished Desktop Publishing at the Vizcaya Institute of Computer Science (VICS) now works at the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) as Administrative Aide 2, Limboc, 40 who earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in computer system at the St. Mary’s University (SMU) now applies his skills as Administrative Aide 3 at the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) while Suni, 31, who graduated at the PLT College with Bachelor of SEcondary Education (BSED) course is now employed at the Provincial General Services Officer (PGSO) as Administrative Aide 3.
Suni also received a scholarship support from the then Nueva Vizcaya Press Club (NVPC).
“It was a tough journey but with patience, perseverance, commitment and dedication, we made it. Our gratitude goes to our provincial capitol family,” Limboc said.
The tea house, boating lagoon and bike rentals were some of the initial business ventures offered by the provincial government to the PFPWD to empowert them as self-supporting group.
The management of the PWD Canteen were also given to the PFPWD later to further help more their growing members.
This partnership was maintained and sustained by previous administrations of the provincial government.
“With our canteen, many of the employees of the provincial government were then availing of our meals daily to be paid in full by the end of the month,” Limboc said.
Right now, the PFPWD boasts a membership of more than 1,000 in the entire province through their municipal chapters in the 15 towns of Nueva Vizcaya.
Through collaboration with national government agencies such as the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) DEpartment of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) along with the provincial government, many of the PFPWD members also started their own livelihood ventures to earn for their families.
Governor Carlos Padilla also vowed more assistance for the PFPWD members in terms of livelihood and employment opportunities at the provincial government.
Lately, some PFPWD members were given with training on boat fabrication at the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park(LMETP) in barangay San Luis in Diadi town funded by the provincial government and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR).
“This is part of their preparation to operate and manage the boating and fishing lagoon at the LMETP as additional source of PFPWD members’ income. We have many plans ffor them to be more empowered so that they can help others to improve their lives,” Padilla said. #benmosesebreo