Gov’t agencies orient Antique senior citizens, PWDs on programs, services
SAN JOSE De BUENAVISTA, Antique, March 8 (PNA) –- The provincial offices of various national government agencies in Antique briefed on Wednesday persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens with the programs and services that they could avail from the government.
Lazaro G. Petinglay, Antique Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, said that the orientation is intended to make the PWDs and senior citizens become more aware of their rights and the services that they could avail from government institutions.
Petinglay said that the municipal associations of PWDs and senior citizens in Antique are active in the province and that they contribute to development of the area.
Jose Gerry Hallares, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Antique provincial director, said that PWDs and senior citizens are given top priority under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).
He said that aside from their usual trainings, there are newer programs like event management and English Language Proficiency for call center agents, which could be offered to these sectors.
Glen Fernando, Department of Trade and Industry Antique provincial office, said that they could assist PWDs and senior citizens if they decide to start a business.
He said that there are now Go Negosyo Centers in Antique that provide lectures and could assist them on packaging and labeling, customer relations management, visual merchandising and many more.
He added that they also ensure the provision of 20 percent discounts on basic commodities and the 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption, which is under Republic Act 10574.
Other agencies that presented their programs were the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Health, and the Philippine National Police.
In the province of Antique, there are 8,592 PWDs headed by their provincial president, Garry Encarnacion.
There are also 58,690 senior citizens in the province. The Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) Antique chapter is headed by Edgar Maghari. (PNA)