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For person with disabilities, integration and full acceptance by community is an integral issue. Due to discrimination and poverty, people with disabilities are oftentimes excluded in various economic activities. Hence, they continue to experience unemployment and full dependence to their families.
To break this vicious cycle, FTI supports self-help organizations of persons with disability by bridging gaps and removing barriers that hinder developing their potentials and accessing opportunities for achieving economic independence. FTI facilitates various opportunities for employment and livelihood for people with disability hoping they will achieve empowerment and become active in the various community economic activities.
The province of Leyte was one of the most affected areas of the super typhoon Yolanda leaving thousands of people totally homeless. Their economic activities were greatly affected and they had to struggle back from zero to rebuild their lives. One of the most vulnerable sectors that were affected was people with disability.
To respond to the need for shelters of the victims, BDO Foundation (BDOF) partners with Foundation of These-Abled Persons Inc. (FTI) in building accessible 100 housing units and multi-purpose building for people with disability located in Sitio Pulak, Brgy San Isidro, Sta Fe Leyte. A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the parties last May 12, 2014 at the BDO Corporate Center in Makati city.
The signing was witnessed by Under Secretary Danilo Antonio of OPARR and Marie Lisa Dacanay, president of Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) who are active supporters of the FTI project in Leyte as a pilot project under the Reconstruction Initiative for Social Enterprises (RISE), a platform for various initiatives towards building back better after typhoon Yolanda.
The overall project cost of FTI project in Leyte is P28 million. Out of this total cost, the BDO Foundation allocated 16 million to partly fund the land and site development, the construction of 100 shelter units, trainings on shelter construction and construction of the multipurpose building.
According to BDOF president Maureen Abelardo “this “model” community is envisioned to create sustainability enterprises beyond the disaster recovery phase for persons with disability to be productive and become part of economic process.”
The fund to be used in the land development and shelter units will be coming from BDO Unibank and client’s donation. A multipurpose hall with a size of about 300 square meters to be use as place for workshop will be funded by BDO employees‘ donation. There will also be training for the community members introducing the new technology of producing pre-fabricated walls for housing as one of their future source of income.
For FTI, the building of houses and infrastructures are also opportunities for income and livelihood for people with disability. They are not merely the beneficiaries but they will be working during the construction phase. It is also expected that members of the community, not only the people with disability, will also benefit in this project.
Typhoon Yolanda devastated almost whole of Philippines especially Leyte, leaving people homeless and livelihoods have been totally destroyed. The Foundation of These-Abled Person Inc. (FTI) which has been very active in supporting people with disability in the areas of livelihood and employment, sought the support of the BPI Foundation in coming up with a livelihood program that would rebuild back better the economic condition of people with disability and make them self sufficient. The livelihood program focuses on the sustainability of resources and building of social enterprises wherein persons with disability and marginalized people in the community are the main stakeholders.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between FTI and BPI Foundation supporting the following livelihood activities:
The project aims for the economic growth and survival of the target beneficiaries, the persons with disability hoping that they will build back better after the disaster.