TESDA offers relocation site for PWD coop

February 26, 2013 12:42 am 

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 25 — The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) has given the Association of Differently-Abled Persons of the Iloilo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ADPI) an option to transfer to a new site in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.

Currently, the cooperative is staying inside the TESDA compound at Zamora Street, City Proper. The new site, which is also owned by TESDA, is located along the national highway.

ADPI was not able to renew its 10-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the TESDA that expired in 2010. The TESA in turn has already ordered the ADPI to vacate the area as they intend to utilize it for other purpose.

The ADPI was contracted by the Department of Education (DepEd) to make school chairs. The move was in consonance with the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) which mandates that .5 percent of the agency needs, like the school furniture and chairs, must be catered by the PWD sector.

“We don’t want to displace them; we have given them an option. The ball is in their hands already,” said TESDA-Iloilo provincial director Toni June Tamayo.

TESDA deputy director Atty. Teodoro Pascua during his visit last year said that it would now be director-general Joel Villanueva who will decide whether or not renew the pending application of the cooperative. (PNA)

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