Firm empowers PWDs through sustainable business strategies

Fifty-three persons with disabilities in the city, particularly those with orthopedic, visual, and hearing problems, recorded a 614% income increase after three months of structured training and mentoring on entrepreneurial skills and financial management.

The program is part of the Maybank Bank’s corporate social responsibility.

The program, dubbed Reach Independence and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (RISE), of the Maybank Foundation kicked off in Manila and Cebu, and in Davao City in April this year.

The Davao participants’ income increase is noted to be higher than the nationwide increase of 525.5% as of August 2018.

With aims to capacitate the members of the PWD sectors, the foundation has provided for a three-day training followed by a thorough mentoring process that seeks to coach the participants on sustainable marketing and business strategies.

Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, in his speech, mentioned the importance of the providing an avenue for PWD to sustainable earn on their own.

“In the city, we have a lot of interventions for the PWD sector. Most of the interventions are direct services. We give medical services, we give wheelchair, surgeries but the most difficult part in helping the PWD sector is giving them financial services,” said the vice mayor.

“Our intervention, medical and direct services, is not enough to help the PWD sector. We have to go beyond and give them financial opportunities to increase their income,” Al-ag added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte, in a speech delivered by Councilor Victorio U. Advincula, emphasized her gratitude to the PWD groups of the city for encouraging their members to participate in the program to increase their income.

“It is very inspiring to see that you have not allowed your limitations to be a barrier to your success,” said the mayor.

Meanwhile, the Maybank Foundation said they will continue to replicate the success of the RISE program in other areas in the country.

“That is the spirit of community coming to one another. I think by doing that, you are giving us more meaning in this RISE program,” Dato’ Dr. Tan Tat Wai, Chairman of the Board, Maybank Philippines, Inc. said in his address.

During the program, Top 10 achievement awardees were also recognized for the significant increase in their income which also benefited their family.

Among them is Jeffrey Ebad, a person with orthopedic disability due to an accident. Ebad has noted an income of P 31,000 from the then P2,500 for only three months which he attributes to the customer analysis module.

From his income, Ebad was able to purchase two tricycles for his small transport business, and has provided a chorizo machine for other PWDs.

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