VP moved by PWD workers, gives them aid

Published February 15, 2021, 5:42 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Inspired by their will to make the most out of their limited abilities, Vice President Leni Robredo provided financial aid to a group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) who make chairs and tables for a living.


Robredo continued with her livelihood assistance program by visiting the group Monday, Feb. 15, in their worksite at the Bigay Buhay Multi-purpose Cooperative in Caloocan City.

Streamed live on Facebook, she said the group wrote her office for help so she decided to visit them personally.

“They are impressive because they do not let their disabilities affect their livelihood,” the vice president said in Filipino.

The building where the workshop is located was a former malaria center during World War II, which Robredo described as a “dilapidated building.”

The group sells laminated tables and chairs for use in classrooms. But since they do not have enough welding equipment and they do not even have a laminating machine, they do everything by hand. For the welders who are in wheelchairs, they have to take turns in using the machine.

They have a contract with the Department of Education (DepEd) dating back to 1996.

Some of the workers showed the vice president the finished products and designs. A total of 78 members, mostly PWDs, work at the BBMC.

“Ang galing niyo (You’re good),” Robredo remarked to the workers.

The vice president said they will look for donors who can help the workers in their livelihood.

“They’re a big inspiration. Even with their disabilities, they are good with what they do. The problem is they don’t have capital. They get paid after they deliver (the products). They cannot find momentum because they do not have resources,” she added.

Robredo also shared that her team went to Binondo earlier to visit a federation of urban poor that includes four homeowners’ associations.

The group, composed mostly of vendors and porters who lost their jobs because of business closures, said that they will open a store to sell rice and eggs.