1,975 PWDs receive P4.9M educational assistance

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A total of 1,975 persons with disability (PWDs) were given P4,937,500 educational financial assistance by the provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) the other day.

The distribution held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center was led by Gov. Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda together with former President and now 2nddistrict Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Board Members Fritzie David-Dizon, Cherry Manalo and Benny Jocson.

The beneficiaries who are elementary and high school students and children of parents with disabilities received P2,500 each. At least 450 of them came from the first district; 430 from the second district; 715 from the third district; and 380 from the fourth district.

Gov. Pineda said PWDs can now enjoy more perks from the government at par with the perks granted to senior citizens.

The governor added that the provincial government is always ready to support them not only in their education but also in their livelihood and other services beneficial to them.

Arroyo, for her part, lauded the governor’s program for the PWD sector in the province.

She also encouraged the beneficiaries to attend training offered by the government to prepare them for future employment opportunities.

PSWD Officer Elizabeth Estiller-Baybayan assured the beneficiaries that PWDs in the province are given equal opportunities in employment, apprenticeship, incentives, and vocational rehabilitation through training and vocational courses. –LIEZEL CAYANAN/PIO

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