THE Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines, Incorporated has donated three imported wheelchairs to the Zamboanga City Government.

The wheelchairs were turned over Tuesday by JCI senators headed by businessman Banny Ong to Mayor Celso Lobregat in a simple rite at the conference room of City Hall.

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Ong was accompanied by JCI senators that included erstwhile Mayor Efren Arañez and former vice mayor Roberto Lim and JCI Zamboanga president Architect Daihan Graciano.

The donation of wheelchairs is a national flagship program of the JCI Senate Philippines Inc.

Ong said the wheelchairs were imported from Taiwan through the Taiwanese ambassador for Economic and Cultural Office, which donated 50 units.

"We donated to the city mayor three wheelchairs which will in turn be given to indigent handicapped recipients through the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Office," Ong said.

Ong added that the ambassador of Taiwan had also donated to the JCI Senate Philippines 20 units of i-Touch, a new version of facilitated communication device which, when downloaded with the pro logo software, will help non-verbal autistic children to communicate with other people.

He said an i-Touch now could cost about P9,000 and two units of that have been donated to the Autism Society of the Philippines.

He said they will be donating another i-Touch unit to the autism society on Saturday.

"This is a project that exemplifies our motto: Service to humanity is the best work of life," Ong said. (Bong Garcia)