DSWD shelter marks 39 years of helping PWDs obtain skills-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
SINCE 1974, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II has been helping persons with disabilities (PWDs) maximize their potentials through skills enhancement.
“For 39 years, AVRC II served thousands of PWDs—the visually impaired, hearing- and speech-impaired, and orthopedically handicapped—by helping them find jobs,” said DSWD 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat during the center’s anniversary program in Labangon, Cebu City.
“I encourage our stakeholders and the rest of the community to give PWDs a chance to
prove that they can also work like normal people,” Jabagat emphasized.
As a non-residential institution, AVRC II provides various courses ranging from therapeutic massage; electronic motor repair; computer electronics; basic sewing; furniture and cabinet making; commercial cooking; and cosmetology.
Recently, two batches of AVRC students passed the massage therapy licensure examination conducted by the Department of Health.
Olymer Adiva, 24, a partially blind masseur, ranked third in the nationwide licensure examination.
“The success of our clients is also the success of AVRC and the rest of the DSWD family,” Jabagat said.
Nongovernment organizations and civil society groups, like the Cebu Centennial Lion’s Club, Rotary Club of Cebu West and Tzu Chi Foundation have donated supplies to the center and to the trainees themselves.
DSWD’s partnership with the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority, on the other hand, gave visually impaired massage therapists the opportunity to offer services at the airport lobby in the past 14 years.
The Department of Education has also supported the center through its Alternative Learning System (ALS).
“I’m truly grateful for the strong partnership and I hope it will last long until we reach our golden anniversary,” Jabagat said. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.