Nakhon Ratchasima’ Disability Service Center, National Office for Development of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and Charoen Pokphands Foods PCL (CPF) held a training program to increase awareness on workplace safety and social welfare for CPF’s employees with disabilities.

Ms. Juthamas Chartkasem, Director of Nakhon Ratchasima’s Disability Service Center, said the center operates multi services, supporting 80,000 disabled people in the province to achieve a better quality of life. Among those number, half of them are working either in the private or public sector.

The center added that training program with CPF will help the disabled employees to make the best use of government welfare services.

“The training program helps disabled people to gain access to the government welfare such as Disability Living Allowance Health Care, supporting equipment and Etc. With this information, the disabled person can be self-dependent,” Ms. Juthamas said.

It also urges private sectors to host training program regularly to update details of the government welfare policy.

Mr. Parisotat Punnabhum, CPFs' Executive Vice President of Human Resources, said the company hired 158 disabled persons in Nakhon Ratchasima to work for CPF’s Nakhon Ratchasima’s plant as well as community services such as school for the deaf, temple, and Sub-district Health Promoting Hospital.

“The company proud of their contributions to the company growth and society. All of them are valuable employees at their workplaces,” he said.

CPF currently hires a total of 734 employees with disabilities. 186 of them are working in the company nationwide while 126 people are running a shop with in CPF’s facilities. It has arranged regular trainings for disabled employees as well as having follow up measures including house visit to ensure wellbeing of all employees.