PWDs from Tahanang Walang Hagdan get aid amid COVID-19 lockdown

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2020 02:15 AM

MANILA - More than 100 persons with disabilities (PWDs) on Wednesday received a month's worth of food and hygiene kits from the Catholic Relief Services, a humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community.

Some 116 PWDs from the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan Inc. (TWHI) in Cainta, Rizal received packages that include vegetables, fruit,s rice, eggs, dried fish, canned goods, condiments, hygiene kits, detergent bars, bleach, razors, and sanitary napkins.

“Since most of us are on a ‘no work, no pay’ basis, it has been hard to get the supplies we and our families need," said Melo Bueza, a social worker from the TWHI.

Inside the Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, the PWDs are provided with opportunities to work in metalcraft, woodcraft, sewing and packaging to earn money for themselves and their families. 

But the have been struggling as demand for their products dwindled because of the lockdown.

“We are focusing our efforts on assisting the most vulnerable populations, who bear the brunt of the lockdown and are at the greatest risk from the spread of COVID-19. Beyond the dangers of the disease itself, the current situation makes it virtually impossible for many families in the communities we serve to meet their most basic needs,” said Matthew McGarry, CRS’ Sub-Regional Country Representative.

The entire community in TWHI is grateful for the support.

"These food baskets and hygiene kits are essential to ensure we get proper nutrition and stay healthy,” said Ramon Rey Emmanuel Apelado, TWHI’s administrative manager.

Catholic Relief Services also extended help to informal workers.

They are working with Caritas Pasig and the local government of Barangay Santo Rosario Kanluran, Pateros to provide 150 informal workers with P5,000 grants each.