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PENRO Laguna trains elderlies, PWDs on eco-friendly livelihood

by Joy Gabrido
August 10, 2019

Senior citizens and PWDs from Brgy. Lalakay participate in the Livelihood Training using solid waste materials. (PIA4A)

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Laguna recently conducted a livelihood training at the PENRO Multi-purpose Hall in Los Banos in a move to engage and equip senior citizens and persons-with-disabilities (PWDs) with the right knowledge while promoting environmental protection.

In consonance with the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week themed “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan,”PENRO, with the assistance of Special Livelihood Office (SLO), held a one-day training and seminar on livelihood program devoted to select elderlies and PWDs of Brgy. Lalakay of this locality.

Participants were taught how to make eco-friendly doormats, potholders, and paper beads at the comfort of their homes.

PENRO Laguna Focal Person for Senior Citizens and PWDs, Ms. Joanne R. Aguila, said they encouraged them to use recycled clothes and unused and old glossy magazines as materials which is one of many ways to reduce solid waste.

As per PENRO Laguna, the activity aims to develop awareness, knowledge and skills among their participants and, at the same time, provide an additional source of livelihood for them while turning solid-waste materials into reusable items and handicrafts.


The Office received positive feedback from the participants expressing their willingness to practice in their own homes everything they have learned.

“This only means that we made an impact to our participants because they are willing to learn more and use it as another source of income,” she pointed out.

This is the first time they have conducted a training of this kind for the vulnerable sectors of the seniors and differently-abled.

PENRO Laguna will also conduct more livelihood seminars with different topics for seniors and PWDs that might be useful not only for them but also for the environment. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)


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