PERSONS with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Cordillera are given chances of learning and winning in sports with the donation of table tennis equipment by a Korean World Champion and a group advocating the wellness of differently abled persons in the region.

Kwon Misook, 1989 Table Tennis World Champion, through the Korea Disabled Art and Culture Development Association and the Philcor Disabled Mission Artists Mission, turned over four table tennis tables and other accessories to Department of Social Welfare and Development -Cordillera Regional Director Janet Armas and Regional Federation of PWDs– CAR President Avelino Villanueva in simple ceremonies at the DSWD Regional Training Center recently.

Philcor Disabled Mission Artists Mission Chairman and CEO Dan Almario said the donation and opening of the table tennis center in the DSWD aims to provide PWDs an avenue where they can enhance their skills in table tennis.

Misook, meanwhile, said she will be training the interested PWDs while in the country.

The equipments are also meant for other users such as the out of school youth who are sports minded and the employees of the DSWD-CAR who also want to learn and develop skills in table tennis, he added.

Armas said the equipment and the free training by a champion will be a big boost to the confidence and the skills of PWDs in the region particularly those who are joining competitions.

Avelino in thanking the persons responsible for the donation, said the gesture fosters the right of PWDs to inclusion and well-being.

"Through sports we can change the way the rest of the community think and feel about persons with disabilities and the way the persons with disabilities think and feel about themselves as well," he said. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)