THE national government’s cash-for-work (CFW) program for the country’s growing army of persons with disability (PWDs) should be welcomed by the Filipino people.
However, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was quick to explain that the P1.08-billion CFW fund allotted for PWDs is not “alms” or “limos”
And DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo, a former newsman, said the undertaking was in line with President Marcos’ directive to bring government programs closer to the people.
Some 264,186 PWDs have received cash assistance under the Buhay Bayanihan Para Mamamayan, a simultaneous payout activity for the handicapped.
“Hindi po limos ang ibinigay sa inyo ng gobyerno. Ito po ay pinagtrabahuhan ninyo ng ilang araw sa ilalim ng tinatawag na cash-for-work program ng DSWD,” said Tulfo.
The CFW program aims to distribute financial support to PWD beneficiaries in exchange for their rendered community work, according to the social welfare department.
It is a short-term intervention by giving temporary employment to PWDs. The DSWD also hopes to create more transformative solutions that will help empower PWDs to improve their capabilities.
The program is also seen to help the handicapped break the social barriers that hinder their full participation on an equal basis with others.
Truth is, the CFW program for PWDs will go long way in helping these unfortunate Filipinos at this time of economic hardship brought about by the coronavirus disease pandemic.
Through quiet work, government authorities are showing that they are capable of meeting the many needs of members of special sectors of Philippine society, including the PWDs.