Bukidnon PWDs train in hospitality management skills

A woman who walks with the use of crutches approaches a hall during the May 2016 elections. BukidnonNews.Net FILE PHOTO

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/January 24) Fifteen members of the Parents Mobility Action Group (PMAG), an organization of parents of children with disabilities, are attending a series of training in hospitality management, an extension project of Bukidnon State University.

Ms. Annie Emata, project leader BukSU College of Business Hospitality Management Department said the group are currently enrolled in ‘PWD magkatrabaho, PWD magnegosyo”,  which is also done in coordination with PMAG and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bukidnon Maragway.

BukSU initiated the two-year project, with a seed fund of P441,000 on December 3, 2017. Participants will go through all four programs to include housekeeping, culinary, bread and pastry and food and beverage services.

Each program will take six months to complete including the 360 hours of internship in local hotels.

Emata said one of their objectives is to extend their services to the community by using their expertise to teach PWDs.

She said that they expect their participants to find a job in the hospitality industry or start their own business. To ensure competency in this industry, the participants will take the National Certificate II competency examination for each program.

Classes are held every Sunday afternoon at the ground floor of CSDT building.

Gina S. Cagadas, 50, said she is enjoying her classes as they start with videos, followed by a lecture then hands on activities facilitated by faculty and an interpreter for participants with hearing impairment.

Cagadas, eldest among participants, acquired an orthopedic condition when she was hit by a stray bullet at the age of 18. She walks with the help of two canes.

She said her confidence has been boosted with their exposure to activities like the individual assessment to test their comprehension on the topic discussed.

Despite being taunted by others for her condition, Cagadas attends to clients for massage and manicure, which makes her earn every day.

She said she does not mind what others say about her condition.

“I know that I can still do a lot despite my codition,” she added.

Marjorie A. Jimeno , PMAG Coordinator said they had been longing for the project to give opportunities to high school graduates who can’t proceed to college due to their conditions.

PMAG wants to promote livelihood and education for their children and to advocate their rights and privileges which started operating in 2002.

In Malaybalay City, they have 45 parent members and 540 PWDs who registered for their group.

She said parents should not be ashamed of their children and make their voices be heard.

Jimeno said the City Government of Malaybalay provided land for their office, electricity and water supply. They have also received from the National Anti-Poverty Commission, which supported their building and equipment.

The JCI Bukidnon Maragway sponsored uniform for the participants. (Rashia Mae Deva E. Paano/Development Communication intern of Bukidnon State University)