PWDs honored by TESDA

Published July 17, 2018, 5:13 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Dhel Nazario

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) who were successful not only in technical-vocational education and training (TVET) but also in their chosen profession were honored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) yesterday in San Mateo, Rizal.

A Persons with disability (PWD) eats his breakfast before the start of the the celebration of the 35th NAtional Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NPDR) Week yesterday, July 17, 2013. THe event, which will last from July 17 to July 23, was declared through Proclamation No. 361 and Administrative Order 35 which urge all government and non-government organization to promote and conduct relevant acitivites for persons with disabilities during the week long celebration. (Mark Balmores)

The recognition was part of 40th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week which was held yesterday in San Mateo, Rizal which will be celebrated until July 23.

With the theme “Kakayahan at Kasanayan Para sa Kabuhayan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” the celebration was led by TESDA and vice chaired by the San Mateo city government in tandem with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), civil society organizations, PWD organizations, business sector, among others.

Honored were Mark Lester Artocilla, 24, of Kalibo, Aklan, a blind massage therapist; Ramon Villanueva Jr., 38, of Cauayan City, Isabela (Region2) polio victim, registrar and systems administrator at an IT-centric school; Ruel Abellar, 38, Compostela (Region 11), polio victim, IT teacher; and Domingo Literal, 43, (Region 4-A), orthopedic, computer systems technician and participated in regional skills competition.

“I am gladdened that these stories can be told and shared as they can further inspire and give hope to the more than 1.5 -illion Filipinos with disabilities. These stories show that nothing can stand in the way of the human spirit to rise above difficulties and challenges,” TESDA director general, Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said.

The TESDA chief said the inspiring stories of these graduates not only show that nothing can stand in the way of the human spirit to rise above difficulties and challenges but also prove there are individuals, organizations and institutions that look beyond physical impairments and focus instead on the sincere desire of persons to make a difference and be productive members of society.

Mamondiong pointed out the importance given by the present administration to help empower the sector, particularly by being sensitive to the needs of PWDs as he encourages them to take part in nation-building.

The TESDA chief said the agency will continue to upgrade the programs of TESDA such as requiring training institutions to tie up with enterprises that have the facilities, equipment and materials that will better cater to the needs of PWD trainees.

Various activities are lined up for the disabled in celebration of NDPR Week which will be held at the JFD Stadium in San Mateo, Rizal on July 17. These are free haircut, massage, hilot, manicure/pedicure from TESDA Rizal, TVET enrollment, exhibits and displays of PWDs products for sale, Seminar on Entrepreneurship Development, and sports exhibition.

On July 18, there will be a forum on Road Safety (PPA, Port Area, Manila); Children with Disabilities Friendship Game, Philhealth; Orientation for Parents on the Management of the children with Disabilities, (City Hall, General Trias, Cavite), and Deaf Tour Guiding in Intramuros, Rizal Park and National Museum.

On July 19 there will be a history and culture contest for PWDs at the NHCP Multipurpose Hall, T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila).

On July 20, health and social services for PWDs (Grand Opera Hotel, Sta. Cruz, Manila); Palarong Bayani,(Plaza Mabini at Mabini Shrine, Tanauan City, Batangas; and Draw Disabilities (NORFIL, 16 Mother Ignacia corner Roces Avenue, QC);

On July 21, there will be a forum on parenting children with special needs (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, Intramuros, Manila); PWD Got Talent (Robinson Place Antipolo); Forum on Philhealth Benefits Package for CWDs and Preparing PWDs for Employment, (NORFIL, Mother Ignacia corner Roces Ave., QC).

There will also be free Metro Rail Transit rides for participants of the weeklong event from July 17 to 23 from Baclaran to Roosevelt and LRT2 Santolan up to Recto.