GMA Lauds Persons with Disabilities; Cites Their Contributions to Economy of RP

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Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN

President Arroyo yesterday led government officials in providing training and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities (PWDs), in recognition of their latent capabilities to contribute to the country's economy despite their handicaps.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) organized the "Handog Para sa Taong May K: 2006 Trabaho at Negosyo Fair" at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City to offer a total of 502 job opportunities and entrepreneurial training for PWDs.

Mrs. Arroyo cited the determination of PWDs in seeking employment opportunities despite their handicaps, and promised support for their training in various fields where they can excel, like the call center and business processes outsourcing industries in the country.

"Nauunawaan ko ang pinagkakaabalahan ng taongbayan, iyon ay ang trabaho at saka presyo ng bilihin. At itong dalawang ito ang binibigyan natin ng pansin. Kaya, itong jobs fair na ginawa natin ay sinabi natin na tutulungan natin ang mga disabled sa training at bibigyan ng scholarship," Mrs. Arroyo said.

The employment opportunities offered by the 15 companies participating in the jobs fair include positions such as technical support representatives, customer service representatives, nurses, accounting clerks, medical technologists, clerks, telephone receptionists, and offset helpers.

During the job fair, Mrs. Arroyo led the distribution of several "PGMA Training for Work Coupon" scholarships for the PWDs, and monitored the onsite pre-employment services of the National Bureau of Investigation, Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the National Statistics Office.

The job fair also featured livelihood and business counseling sessions and skills demonstrations and lectures to help PWDs start small businesses.

Other government officials who attended the job fair include Presidential Management Staff Secretary and Presidential Adviser on Jobs Creation Arthur Yap, Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. …