The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Oriental is embarking on a project that aims to provide another livelihood opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The DTI provincial office plans to engage PWDs in a training-seminar on cloth weaving as part of their interventions for people with special concerns and also to establish a cheaper source of raw materials for manufacturers of woven products like bags, sling bags, and others.
“Daghan gagama [og] bags dire but ang raw materials dili dire so mo-add pag cost ba. We would like to report something naa mi concrete na gihimo. Mao mag-training mi ug weaving for PWD aron katong raw material needs sa manufacturers dire dire na lang gam-on (There are a lot of manufacturers of bags but they source the raw materials from other places. That adds to their cost. We would like to hold a training on weaving for PWDs so that manufacturers can source their raw materials here. We also want to report something that shows our concrete interventions),” DTI Provincial Director Nimfa Virtucio explained.
The idea to engage PWDs in a training program on cloth weaving was first announced in a Kapihan sa PIA forum held in observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week recently.
DTI – Dumaguete Negosyo Center Official Hye Rhea Eso-Culminas cited that the DTI is looking for a facility which can be used as a production area for PWD weavers.
For now, there is a proposal to have the facility established in the local parish in Junob town but things are still yet to be finalized.
Culminas also extended cooperation and partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and also with City Councilor Bernice Elmaco who is the chair of the Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee on People with Special Concerns for this endeavor.
“This is a big project. Dili siya pang one time. Makatiulong sa women or PWD to gain income. Dili siya livelihood na training lang pagka-tomorrow or the following week wala na. (This is a big project and this is sustainable. This can help women and PWDs gain income. It’s not a livelihood training that lasts for a day and gone tomorrow or the following day),” Culminas stressed.
Culminas also noted that the department can also help link them up with buyers of woven products.
The DTI will roll out the program once details are finalized.
Virtucio said this is training program is open to members of PWD federation in Dumaguete City and its neighboring towns.
Four Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates are representing Negros Oriental in the Regional Skills Competition in Cebu City.
The said competition, which kicked off April 10 and runs until today, is sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
The TVET graduates representing Negros Oriental in the competition include Alvin S. Rebadomia for Cooking (with expert Mishelle P. Sumanoy and assistant expert Jai Jaffrey B. Ligutom) from Teamskills School for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Inc. (TSCAHMI), Edison Villamor for Restaurant Services (with expert Angelo Salvoro and assistant expert Rochelle S. Sabaiton) from Teamskills School for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Inc. (TSCAHMI); Sheldom Jerome D. Tangonan for Welding (with expert Jenor M. Langgam) from Cebu Science of Welding and Skills Development Technology, Inc. (CSWSTI) ; and George Allen P. Subito for Web Design (with expert Shakespeare P. Calibo) from Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT), Inc. – Dumaguete City.
Competitions are held in Banilad Center for Professional Development (BCPD), University of Southern Philippines (USP), and TESDA -7 Regional Training Center.
TESDA-Negros Oriental Public Information Officer Georgette Malagar said these TVET grads were winners of the Provincial Skills Competition held on November 29, 2018 at various TVET institutions in Dumaguete City.
“TESDA-VII initiated the conduct of Regional Skills Competition so as to select the best skilled Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates who are seen to possess potential and are equipped enough to demonstrate competence in their respective chosen qualifications,” Malagar noted.
Malamposong gipahigayon ang paglimpyo sa suba sa Banica sa milabayng Pebrero 22 pinangulohan ni Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Sa gihimong opening program, namahayag si PENRO Canda nga tulo (3) ka suba dinhi sa Negros Oriental ang unang gipili isip “pilot rivers” sa “Simultaneous River Clean Up” niadtong Pebrero 22.
Midugang si Canda nga i sunod paglimpyo ang uban nga suba sa probinsya human makita ang maayong resulta sa kasamtangang 3 ka suba, ang Banica, Panam-angan sa Bais City ug Sicopong sa Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
Gilakbit usab ug awhag ni Canda ang mga volunteers nga ipadayon ang pag-amping ug atimanon ang kinabuhi sa Banica River aron makab-ot ang tumong nga mahi-uli ang kahapsay ug kalimpyo niini.
Lakip nga mitambong sa maong kalihokan si Dumaguete City Councilor Jose Victor Imbo nga mipaambit sa iyang “inspirational message” diin gi awhag niya ang suporta sa tanang katawhan nga ipadayon ang paglimpyo sa mga suba kay responsibilidad sa matag usa ang pagpanalipod sa kinaiyahan aron masinati pa sa mga kabataan ugma damlag ang ka limpyo sa tubig ug presko nga hangin sa Banica River.
Gipangunahan usab ni Honorable Imbo ang “signing of pledge of commitment to protect our rivers” nga gi-uyonan sa mga volunteers pinaagi sa pag pirma sa pledge of commitment tarpaulin.
Human sa hamubo nga programa gibahin-ahin ang Banica River team sa 3 alang sa tulo ka grupo nga mopahigayon ug panglimpyo sa “upstream, midstream ug downstream” nga bahin sa suba.
Ang Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete mi kolekta sa mga sako sa basura nga nakuha gikan sa suba.
Gitakda ang sunod nga paglimpyo sa Banica River matud ni PENRO Canda karong umalabot Marso 22, 2019.