Senior citizens undergo skills training in San Nicolas

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte, Sept 21 (PIA) — Senior citizens in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte may soon be the town’s suppliers of detergents after attending a livelihood training of the municipal government.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Nympha Pagtama said 24 senior citizens from different barangays attended the two-day “Skills Training on Homemade Products” at the municipal hall on September 10-11.

“This is part of the continuous program of Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr through the MSWDO to help our senior citizens have an additional source of income by providing them with skills,” Pagtama said.

During the training, participants were taught how to make fabric conditioner, perfume, detergent powder, toilet bowl cleaner, and soap.

Pagtama said all materials used were provided by the local government.

“The participants sold their finished products and the proceeds will serve as part of their initial fund to begin their livelihood. We hope that with our livelihood program, they will be more productive and their living conditions improve,” she said.

The San Nicolas government also offers credit to senior citizens to finance their business. This year, more than P300,000 from the Internal Revenue Allotment went to programs and projects for senior citizens and persons with disabilities of the town.

Other programs for the senior citizens are educational tours, health, socialization and discounts. There are more than 2,000 members of the Federation of Senior Citizens of San Nicolas. (ANL/CPC-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

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