TACLOBAN CITY- A two-day life skills training for physically challenged individuals were conducted by the National Federation Cooperative for Persons with Disabilities (NFCPWD) last September 8 and 9 in this city. The training, participated by more than 20 PWDs, involved various activities such as workshops on how to cope up with challenges after the devastation of the super typhoon, stress debriefing and counseling, and open forum where they voiced out their concerns and needs in their present state. The participants were also taught of different strategies for adaptive and positive behavior that will enable them to deal with the challenges of their lives. “This life skills training is a way of NFCPWD to help our members emotionally and at the same time, to respond to their essentials especially now that they have gone through a traumatic experience,” said Rose Carilla, human resource development officer of NCFPWD.

PWDs belonged to the group of victims who greatly struggled and suffered from the merciless supertyphoon that was Yolanda that struck the city. “They need us the most, that is why we give them priority and focus,” Carilla added. NCFPWD is a nationwide cooperative based in Cainta, Rizal that aims to strengthen livelihood and social integration of persons with disabilities. It is also funded by the Canadian Cooperative Association which establishes cooperatives, credit unions and community based organizations worldwide. (SHAIRA VALENZONA, LNU Intern)