SUSTAINABLE livelihood projects aimed to support persons with disabilities (PWDs) will roll out in Cagayan de Oro City following its success in other parts of the country.
New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) president and National Anti-Poverty Commission representative, Emer Rojas said a forum held on Wednesday in the city that tackled PWD Empowerment Project, a partnership with the British Embassy.
Cagayan de Oro City becomes the latest local government to commit to the national development inclusive agenda for PWDs, which is aimed at improving the lives of this marginalized sector of society.
The PWD Empowerment Project puts emphasis on the implementation of Executive Order 417, health and well being, and the full exercise of the sector’s political rights.
Signed during the Arroyo administration, EO417 encourages all government offices to purchase 10 percent of their supplies from products made by persons with disabilities.
“EO417 is the solution to the sustainable livelihood program for persons with disabilities since it assures the three basic things needed in a successful business namely, financial, technical and most importantly the marketing aspect of engaging into a business,” Rojas said.
The Persons with Disabilities sector is one of the most disadvantaged sectors in the Philippines. The 2010 Census of Population and Housing estimates about 16 Filipinos with a disability for every 1,000 population. The same census showed that three out of every five PWDs belong to the working age group.