In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), DSWD-7 joins the national simultaneous payout for the Cash-for-Work (CFW) for Persons with Disabilities program of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in Region VII.
In Sibonga, Cebu, Assistant Secretary Janus Siddayao and Regional Director Shalaine Marie S. Lucero, together with local officials, led the ceremonial payout to beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program.
With the theme “BUHAYnihan: Buhay at Bayanihan para sa Mamamayan,” the cash-for-work program aims to provide temporary financial assistance in exchange for community service. Through this, communities are given the opportunity to see the important contribution of our fellow citizens with disabilities to the development of our society.
“Nasinati nako sa una nga lisod ang pag-apply og trabaho apan nia kining programa nga mitunol kanako og trabaho nga kaya ra kaayo nako sama sa pagpanglimpyo, panghinlo sa kasilyas, ug pagpanilhig (I have experienced difficulty in applying for a job, but this program offered me a job that I am good at, such as cleaning toilets and sweeping in public areas),” said Romson Panganoron, one of the beneficiaries.
The PWDs worked for 10 days in their respective communities and received the minimum regional wage of Php 435.00 per day.
Director Lucero thanked LGUs for accepting the programs and for helping validate the deserving PWDs who took part in the series of community works such as clerical work, community cleaning, carpentry work, and gardening.
“We all know that PWDs are among the sectors badly affected by the pandemic. They are also one of the most affected by the increasing prices of fuel, which resulted in a price increase for basic commodities. That is why DSWD, through our KALAHI-CIDSS program, initiated a cash-for-work program for them,” said the regional director.
Furthermore, she also added that DSWD hopes that more families will allow their family members who are PWDs to be mainstreamed in society, allowing them to go out and join various sectoral groups and activities.
“In this way, PWDs who are capable of having an education will not be limited to cash for work but rather create a future that is not limited for them,” she added.
At the end of the simultaneous payout today, DSWD Field Office VII released a total of Php 12,707.220.00 serving 3,044 PWD beneficiaries in 15 municipalities across Central Visayas. ###