DTI project brings smiles, new hope to Ipil PWDs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:07

By LOWELL S. VALLECER

 

Mr. Clyde, a burly deaf-mute couldn’t hide his excitement as he tried to impress the visitors of his dexterity in crafting doormats out of abaca fiber. He proudly showed also his talent in photography as he deftly took excellent shots of each of the visiting party. He gestured that he is also a good cook. Ms.Elvie on the other hand looked every inch a lady in her blue ruffled dress accentuated with matchingpieces of jewelry. She sat composedinfront of a brand new sewing machine, seemingly absorbed in what she was doing - skillfully sewing in place the final pieces of embellishments on what appeared to be a travelling bag made of batik cloth. Ms. Elvie is orthopedically handicapped. She and Clyde are amongst the 300-plus members of the KapisananngMga May KapansananngIpil (KAMPIL, Inc.), the first association of persons with special needs or disabilities (PWDs) that received shared service facilities (SSF) from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in ZamboangaSibugay. The SSF consisted of five heavy duty sewing machines, one motorized abaca twining machine, and an accompanying rope-making implement that the association requested from the DTI for their handicraft income generating project. “Dil imatukibang among kalipay niinin ggrasy ang agiha tagkanamo gikan sa atong gobyerno pinaagisa DTI. Naghatagkinig bag-ong paglaum kanam oarun kami mas mahimong mga produktibung miembro sa atong katilingban bisan pa sa among mga pisikal nga kakuli-an. (Mere words couldn’t express our heartfelt gratitude to the government through the DTI for all these equipment which we account as blessings. These give us new hope and even more reason to live as productive members of society notwithstanding our physical disabilities),” Mr. Ruel Brillantes, KAMPIL president, said in his acceptance speech during the turning over ceremonies of the SSF equipment in Ipil, ZamboangaSibugay on May 28, 2014. Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI-9 Director, commended the group for their remarkabalefortitude and determination to surmount obstacles such as physical disabilities in order to contribute productively to their family and community. She added that this kind of attitude is what our country desperately needs but regretfully is absent in many amongst the able-bodied and physically complete. She insisted that the group should undergo further training on Pricing and Costing, on Marketing , and on skills upgrading to further improve their product.“We want something good will happen out of this project. Watching you do your crafts and listening to you speak of your plans made us even more eager to lend you our helping hand, so that by October, during the Zamboanga Peninsula Trade Expo in Zamboanga, we want to see your excellent craftsmanship displayed in booths specially allocated for SSF beneficiaries,” Dr. Jain said.