Tandag City, Surigao del Sur— a person with visual impairment blurred the lines between what normal people and persons with disability can achieve.

With one thing in mind, Mr. Cuartero only wishes not to be a burden to his family and be able to provide for himself. His bright perspective and positive outlook towards life helped him to look for opportunities for people like him. In 2017, he attended the skills training for perfume and beauty soap making—a skills training led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Tandag for the PWDs. The training made him realize that his impairment does not limit himself from great opportunities.

On November 19, 2020, Mr. Cuartero received a livelihood assistance from Department of Labor and Employment-Surigao del Sur under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), a program that seeks to alleviate the vulnerable and marginalized sector in the community by providing assistance for livelihood.

The turnover of the livelihood assistance headed by Genebelle B. Bal, DOLE-Surigao del Sur Provincial Head and Josel-an E. Dua, Labor and Employment Officer III, DILP Focal Person was successful despite the restraints imposed due to the pandemic.

Our physical fragility is not a hindrance to achieve something great. Let us do what we can and focus on what we can achieve. Let us use our capabilities in order not to be a burden to our families.”  Mr. Cuartero said in Surigaonon.

Mr. Neil C. Cuartero is one of the thousand PWDs across the country who achieved economic empowerment from DOLE-DILP with its vision to provide equal opportunities and livelihood grants.