PWDs train to transform waste papers into crafts

FORTY-six persons with disabilities (PWDs)in Region 1 were recently trained on Appropriate Paper-based Technology (APT), a cost-effective way to produce creative and personally designed furniture or other objects using waste papers.

The DSWD Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) conducted the training through the Area I Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC I) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA).

The participants, who will become trainers in their respective local government units, only used corn starch as a paste to patch waste papers into beautiful artworks and applied varnish or waterproof paint to seal the completed pieces such as but not limited to chairs, wall crafts, display items, and other useful products.

The trainers also learned the technology on paper crafting and quilling to produce colorful earrings. The Council pledged to help in marketing the products to known suppliers particularly in Carmona, Cavite. 

According to Dandy Victa, NCDA’s Technical Cooperation Division chief, the Council piloted the APT project to provide trainings and skills enhancement to PWDs to improve their creativity leading to environment-friendly livelihood options.

This APT training improved my knowledge in crafting beautiful products. I want to make lampshades because I am fond of display products. I will roll-out what I have learned to my co-PWDs when I get back to Urdaneta City,” shared Rosemarie dela Cruz, treasurer of Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) in Urdaneta City. (DSWD 1)

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