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PWDs oriented on DOLE’s kabuhayan program

Cebu City, Philippines. About forty-three (43) Persons with Disability (PWDs) from the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) were oriented last week on the Kabuhayan Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7).

Although the program having the PWDs as eligible beneficiaries is being implemented all throughout the year, what made said orientation special, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, was that it was intentionally conducted in support to the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPR).

Recipients of said orientation are trainees of the AVRC II, who might be exploring the programs of the DOLE particularly on Kabuhayan right after graduating from their skills training.

“We are reaching out to the DSWD in order to provide an avenue for the PWDs to avail of DOLE’s livelihood grants. We want to be able to help these trainees form and organize their own association, which the DOLE can possibly accredit, since forming such will be more advantageous for the members,” said Ma. Teresa D. Tanquiamco of the Technical Support and Services Division – Employment Workers Welfare (DOLE-TSSD EWW), who helped facilitate the orientation.

The bigger an association is, she added, the bigger the possibilities will be for the members to have access to a bigger grant.

Granting of livelihood assistance, said Director Siaton, will always be dependent on the viability and feasibility of the project that would-be livelihood availees are proposing. “Of course, everything should be within the rules and guidelines in the implementation of the program,” she said further.

The Department, through its Field Offices, will be monitoring associations formed and the projects they’re venturing into right from the start of their implementation.

In the case of the AVRC II trainees, the DOLE-7 Head added, it’s the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) that will be monitoring them and the livelihood undertakings they will soon plunge into should they decide to avail the DOLE’s livelihood program.

Most of the trainees were hearing-impaired, visually-impaired, and orthopedically-impaired.  Showing interest in the program, some identified massage therapy, computers, baking, cooking, livestock, and many others as the kind of livelihood projects they wanted to engage with.

“We will be coordinating closely with DOLE in the availment of this livelihood program and in complying with the requirements. Since our trainees will be graduating next year, they will still have plenty of time to plan and strategize on the type of business proposals they would like to create,” said Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, AVRC II Head.

In March of this year, about twenty-six (26) visually and orthopedically-impaired graduates of the DSWD AVRC II were granted with livelihood starter kits from DOLE amounting to almost P250,000 in coordination with the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs, Inc., a DOLE-accredited Co-Partner (ACP).

The DOLE and the DSWD, as partner agencies in addressing the needs of the PWDs, hoped to create similar accredited co-partner organizations particularly from the new trainees. 

“There is a challenge in getting people organized and there is a bigger challenge in sustaining the organizations created. I am very thankful to the DOLE and their representatives for their dedication and their desire to assist us. This would definitely give hope to our trainees that their opportunities won’t end after their skills training since there’s a world of possibilities that they can explore after,” added Armecin.

The Kabuhayan program is one of the major components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction.

It provides access to grant/livelihood assistance for capacity-building on livelihood projects for eligible individuals or groups that included the PWDs.


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from Antoinette O. Marquito


For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at


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