The Employees’ Compensation Commission-Regional Extension Unit 12 has once again paved the way for a new outlook in life for 18 persons with work-related disabilities from General Santos City as they finished an 8-hour training on Food Processing Value Added Tuna conducted by the Passionist Technological Institute in Gen. Santos City on September 2, 2016.

Gary Isidro, Benjie Gamutia, Romeo Olamit Sr., Marianne Pacatang, Zereen Manibpel, Jimmy Cuizon, Rolando Labus, Nikson Budiman, Jeneliza, Satohito, Josephine Mayasa, Melinda Perez, Domingo Morcillo Jr., Rupher Mateo, Menard Abadinas, Edgardo Lacaba, Ruel Lubon, Jonie Cartel, and Jerel Palabrica underwent the highly essential skills and entrepreneurial training.

After the said training, they can now start producing tuna embotido, tocino, siomai, and tuna chorizo and sell these products in their respective communities.

“Nakakagaan ng pakiramdam, at nakaka-excite ang mga kahalintulad nitong programa ng ECC para sa aming mga PWRDs.” Jonie Cartel, a worker who met a work-related accident, expressed with joy.

Aside from free training facilitated by Emelda Anchado of Passionist Technological Institute, each of the beneficiaries were given P10,000 worth of starter kits to begin their business venture. The success of their livelihood endeavor will be monitored by ECC-REU 12.

ECC provides equal access to livelihood opportunities and assists PWRDs in setting up their own home-based businesses through the KaGabay Program or Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan.

Christopher Gamboa, Information Officer II, ECC-REU12