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DSWD-7’s AVRC II commemorates 45th year

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) -7’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II recently celebrated its 45th foundation day through gathering of its partner stakeholders, PWD graduates, current trainees and staff.

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II Chorale which consisted the PWD trainees, the homegrown talents of the center, serenades the guests of the 45th Foundation Day celebration.

During the short program held, Mr. Joseph G. Jumantoc, former AVCR orthopedically-impaired trainee and is now the president of the Regional Federation of PWDs, recounted his wonderful experience in AVRC and shared how the center has helped him become a competent individual.

“Through AVRC, I’ve mastered the three major skills: technical, vocational, and leadership, which up to now I get to apply wherever I go.

I am thankful to DSWD, as well as to its partners, who helped in reducing the unemployment rate of persons with disability,” said Jumantoc.

To recognize the significant contribution of the center’s partners, the department’s AVRC II awarded plaques and tokens of appreciation to the different national government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and foundations who have consistently shown active commitment to help the center in looking after the welfare of the persons with disabilities in the community.

DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero in her message during the program, encouraged the guests and attendees of the celebration to let their friends or any PWDs they know to visit the field office’s training center and enroll in technical and vocational courses. She also shared that AVRC II faculty and staff are all out in ensuring that they boost enough the confidence of the trainees before they graduate.

“We continue to expand our horizon. Anyone you know who are PWDs, encourage them to come here because our training facilities offer opportunities. Our staff (in AVRC) strive to help our trainees develop enough self-confidence as they leave the center after graduation,” said Ms. Lucero.

The trainees of the center also showcased their talents by performing song numbers to entertain the guests of the foundation day celebration.

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II is a non-residential institution of the DSWD that provides enabling environment for the Persons with Disability (PWDs) and other special groups in honing and training them to acquire skills and competencies and be deployed in a decent career. ###


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PWD Graduating Trainees Undergo Pre-Employment Seminar

A Pre-Employment Seminar was conducted recently at the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II to prepare and ensure that its 51 Persons with Disability (PWD) graduating trainees are competent before looking for a job after graduation.

The Persons with Disability (PWD) graduating trainees of the DSWD-7’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II listen to one of the speakers of the pre-employment seminar recently conducted at the Center.

These trainees in Computer Technology; Commercial Cooking; Commercial Arts and Craft; Basic Cosmetology; Housekeeping Services; Dress and Apparel Technology and Massage Therapy were oriented on the usual recruitment process and preparation of basic requirements for employment during the seminar.

Representatives from the Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) Cebu City Ma. Concepcion Encabo and Ms. Jean Marie Brual discussed about Employment Readiness while Rosana Velado of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) discussed to the trainees the Labor Laws and Regulations to guide them in seeking better employment opportunities and maintain proper work etiquette once officially hired.

Other activities during the seminar help the trainees become familiar in proper developing of a resume and application letter prior to employment. The resource persons from DMDP and DOLE also taught the trainees the importance of self-organization, participation in policy and decision making process, collective bargaining and negotiation through the discussion on Labor Standards and Employees Rights and Obligations to remind them to always deliver their duties and responsibilities in accordance to standards.

The AVRC is one of the DSWD-run centers that provides human resource development to PWDs through various skills enhancement program. ###


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Rotary Club of Cebu West continues support to DSWD-7’s AVRC II

In the recent visit of the Rotary Club of Cebu West and Rotary International members to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) -7’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II, the organization has committed to continue pouring resources and actively engage in activities that would further uplift the welfare of the persons with disability in the Center.

Photo opportunity with the Rotary International Manager Mr. Bruce Allen (9th from left), Rotary Club of Cebu West officers and members headed by the incoming Rotary Club Governor Mr. Philip N. Tan (4th from left), DSWD FO 7 OIC-Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala (6th from left) and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Adminstration Grace Q. Subong (sixth from right), AVRC II staff and the licensed Massage Therapists during their recent visit in the Center.

In a Memorandum of Agreement signed in 2003, the Rotary Club of Cebu West has adopted AVRC II as its centennial project and provided livelihood opportunities to the center’s graduates. Among these are the opening of a massage clinic at the Mactan Cebu International Airport wherein the Rotary Club provided furniture and fixtures that helped DSWD meet the standards of a clinic in an international airport; tie-up project with Supercat Fast Ferry Corporation with the AVRC II PWD clients performing songs for the waiting passengers at the port terminal whose uniforms and musical instruments are sponsored by the Club; assistance in the negotiation with Casino-Filipino Cebu in Waterfront Hotel to deploy PWDs in the Hotel; and facilitated the Center’s participation in various Rotary Bazaars which provided immediate income to clients and customers for home services.

The Rotary Club of Cebu has started its engagement with the DSWD – 7 AVRC II in 1992 with the social responsibility commitment to assist the Department in uplifting the welfare of the vulnerable sectors of the society which includes the PWDs. For over a decade the Club has contributed about P2.4 million to the AVRC and continuously brought their international counterparts to the center, like the Rotary Club of Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Australia which also provided support to the AVRC.

During the Rotarians’ visit, Rotary International Manager Bruce Allen was impressed at how the Rotary Club of Cebu west have made a significant impact and change on the lives of the PWD in the Department’s center. The Rotary Club officers have committed to discuss proposals with AVRC II and do more in improving the lives of PWDs through resource augmentation. ###


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AVRC II orients ortho-patients on center policies

In the recent orientation conducted at the Area Vocation Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II in Labangon, Cebu City of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7, enrolled and walk-in clients of the center’s in-house Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Language Pathology (SLP) were discussed with the center’s policies and the significant objectives of the aforementioned therapy services to them.

Walk-in orthopedically impaired clients of DSWD-7’s vocational rehabilitation program listen to the discussion of guidelines and policies of the center’s in-house physical therapy services during the recent orientation in the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Labangon, Cebu City.

Among of the guidelines discussed during the orientation was the policy on allowing orthopedically-impaired patients to avail of the PT, OT, and SLP services for 12 months free-of-charge but guarantees same good provision comparable to services in private hospitals. Professionals considered this as a maximum time in attaining rehabilitation goals while other rehabilitation activities may be reinforced and continued at home.

The orientation was spearheaded by the AVRC II Training Center Superintendent Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, Clinical Instructors Mandy Elise Romanos, Nicoli Ann Prado, and the four PT and OT interns from the Cebu Doctors University (CDU).

During the activity, clients have also expressed their gratitude for the existence of the costless DSWD’s vocational rehabilitation program and the accommodating interns and staff which made them feel comfortable, encouraging them to regularly come back and complete their therapy sessions.

The AVRC II has forged partnership with Cebu Doctor’s University (formerly Cebu Doctor’s College) and established its in-house PT, OT, and SLP services in 1995. The AVRC II provides the space and facilities while the CDU provides all the necessary equipment, supplies and materials, and full-time clinical instructors to closely supervise PT interns facilitating in the physical therapy services in the Center. ###


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DOLE turns over livelihood starter kits to DSWD-7 AVRC II graduates

A total of 26 visually and orthopedically impaired graduates of skills training in the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 have recently received livelihood starter kits amounting to Php 243,292.50 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7’s Integrated Livelihood Program.

Mr. Em Caniban (second from right), one of the visually impaired graduates of the DSWD-7’s AVRC II receives a livelihood starter kit from the DOLE Integrated and Livelihood Program with massage therapy tools and items inside.

The Integrated Livelihood Program of DOLE is a capacity-building assistance/grant for the livelihood of the vulnerable and indigent workers, either for individual or group livelihood projects.

Labor and Employment Officer Fernando S. Lopez and Administrative Assistant IV Erwin A. Demiar of DOLE-7 spearheaded the turnover and distribution of the 26 livelihood starter kits to AVRC II graduates of the courses Massage Therapy, Sewing Craft, Commercial Arts and Craft, Computer Technology, Consumer Electronics, Commercial Cooking and Basic Cosmetology to help them immediately start a livelihood activity.

Mr. Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, head of AVRC II, has expressed his appreciation on this provision of tools, supplies and materials to the 26 PWD graduates of the Center through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program in collaboration with the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc. which is an accredited co-partner of DOLE and a self-help group organized by AVRC II.

“The continued partnership of DOLE-7, DSWD-7 and the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc., manifests how the government and private people’s organization is supporting and preparing PWDs to be economically productive,” added Mr. Armecin.

This effort aims to promote livelihood and entrepreneurship among the marginalized sectors in the community that includes the Persons with Disability (PWD) and reduce the impact of poverty to generate employment through actual practice of acquired skills and use of livelihood starter kits.

This is a one-time assistance for this group of graduates who were identified as beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program but the proposals from Partner-People’s Organizations like the helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc. for the provision of financial assistance for starter kits to another group of AVRC II graduates will still be accommodated. ###


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Boosting mobility, well-being of DSWD 7’s ortho clients through accessible in-house PT services

As part of the mission of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD’s) to promote human and social development, the Department has committed to effectively promote social protection programs and services to vulnerable sectors of the society, wherein one of the many human development programs of DSWD focuses on the significant rehabilitation of physically and mentally disabled individuals in the community for effective social functioning.

Maricel Talledo, 35, orthopedically impaired and currently enrolled in Commercial Cooking class at Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of DSWD-7 in Labangon, Cebu City, undergoes physical therapy session thrice a week in the in-house PT services in the center.

Relative to this, the DSWD Field Office VII by virtue of Republic Act 1159 of 1954 has established a vocational rehabilitation center on September 30, 1974 to serve persons with disabilities (PWDs), which offers a comprehensive vocational recovery program to address the multi-faceted problems of persons with disabilities. The Department’s Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II’s package of services is designed to respond effectively and efficiently to the social, emotional psychological, physical, vocational and livelihood needs of the enrolled center clients who usually belong to the marginalized sectors and are deprived of health services.

“These vulnerable sectors of our society are the ones prone to damaging criticisms from the public that would erode their self-esteem and self-worth. Sadly, most of them would believe that are incompetent in the society. Now, this has become the most challenging part of the center – to lift them from wallowing in self-pity,” expressed Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II Center Head.

Throughout the center’s operation, the orthopedically-impaired persons such as amputees, stroke and polio survivors, and those with congenital bone deformities have consistently ranked second highest to the visually-impaired clients in terms of proportion seeking assistance from the center, which has an average quantity of 37.56% from 1998-2018.

The center has a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program and provides varied services addressing to various needs of PWD, it however lacks technical expertise and financial capacity to provide for the physical restoration and rehabilitation of the orthopedically impaired specifically the amputees, stroke and polio survivors, whose achievement of rehabilitation is largely dependent on their mobility and good physical functioning.

Thus, the AVRC II with the partnership of Cebu Doctor’s University (CDU) has established an in-house physical therapy services in the center for free to restore and regain maximum body functioning and make accessible affordable mobility aids and physical rehabilitation treatments to indigent orthopedically-impaired clients, which was eventually opened to indigent walk-in clients as well. In this in-house physical therapy (PT) services, the AVRC II basically provides a room as PT unit, light, water, and maintenance of the facility while the CDU provides all the necessary equipment, supplies and materials, a full-time clinical instructor who closely supervise the PT interns of CDU that serves as the manpower for the PT sessions of the clients.

The project has positively impacted a total of 2,390 lives of the orthopedically impaired clients of the centers since 1998 up to the present, wherein 94% of them has gained independence in movement, 99% of them have also increased their self-esteem and gained confidence in socializing people around them, while 90% have already joined organizations or community activities and 82% have already been placed in an employment helping in the augmentation of their family income.

Dakong natabang sa akoa ang physical therapy kay naka anam-anam nako og tarong og lakaw. Lahi ra jud sauna kumpara karon. Naay dakong kausaban sa akong panglawas (The physical therapy was a great help to me because I have gradually relearned waking on my own. It’s really different compared before. There is a great change in my health),” said a 64-year-old male ortho client in Calape, Bohol who previously had a difficulty in walking.

This improved physical mobility of the clients has improved their self-image and boosted their self-esteems that eventually lead to their change of attitude from being easily controlled by their disability to empowered individuals finishing vocational trainings helpful in gaining employment.

The main goal of the center to promote human resource development is indeed manifested in this vocational rehabilitation program which enables the served-clients to improve their social and economic competences that are helpful in molding them as dynamic members of the community.

Although, it is a free-of-service, it does not compromise the quality of service that it provides to its clients. It guarantees the same good provision to its ortho clients comparable to services in private hospitals.

Parehas ra ang serbisyong among nadawat diri sa AVRC ug sa kadtong unang therapy sa pribadong ospital ug home service (We received the same services in AVRC as that in the private hospitals or those who do home services),” another ortho-client expressed.

Now, to embody the official hashtag of the department, the #DSWDMayMalasakit, this free-of-charge services has been opened to indigent walk-in clients who are also stroke survivors, senior citizens and individual who suffer from serious physical injuries needing physical therapy services.

“The popularity of the in-house PT services of AVRC II has already reached the physiatrists from the government and private hospitals. These professionals usually inform their indigent patients on the existing facility so that they can avail the services for free. For example, Dr. Barcenas, volunteer physiatrist of AVRC II advises his patients to have a consultation check-up at the center during his schedule in the center for free instead of going to Cebu Doctors’ Hospital in which each client is required to pay P500 for consultation fee,” said, Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II Center Head.

It has been observed by the AVRC that the mobility-impaired clients of the center significantly need this physical therapy service as a first-level intervention, which focuses on their mobility services important to sustain their vocational training in AVRC II.

This in-house Physical Therapy service has been continuously provided to the AVRC enrolled and walk-in clients as a strategic exemplification of DSWD’s goal to empower its clients through maximizing residual capacities of persons with disabilities and achieve social and economic development. ###


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Entrepreneur’s Day held in AVRC II

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) recently held an Entrepreneur’s Day in Brgy. Labangon, Cebu City where sixty-one (61) persons with disabilities (PWDs) showcased their skills in massage therapy, cosmetology and cookery.

PWD trainees on Massage Therapy demonstrate their skills to the satisfied customers.

The one-day event provided the PWDs the chance to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills to the public.

It aimed to develop the ability of the trainees in manufacturing and marketing of their products.

After the event, the PWDs earned a total of Php 15,507.00.

“We open the AVRC to the public so that they would have the chance to buy the products and avail the services of our active trainees,” said Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head.

She also said this is a good venue to display their skills, which could help boost their self-esteem as they interact to different people.

According to Tahanlangit, this kind of activity would help them understand the concept of entrepreneurship as well as experience how it feels to be an entrepreneur.

In this manner, Tahanlangit said they would be prepared to do it when they finish their training at AVRC II.

As a non-residential institution under the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD), AVRC II provides various courses ranging from Massage Therapy, Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology.

PWD trainees on commercial cooking display their food products during the Entrepreneur’s Day.

The center aims to maximize the capacities of PWDs through assessment and guidance, social adjustment, medical, vocational training and placement services as well as bring maximum functioning of PWDs for their eventual integration into the community. ###


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40 PWDs and CNSPs graduate from Vocational Skills Training of DSWD-7 AVRC II

A total of 40 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Children in Need of Special Protection (CNSP) or those who are victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, cruelty, discrimination and violence and were turned over to the DSWD-7 Regional Haven and Home for Girls have completed a one-year vocational skills training were all heads high on their processional march during the 42nd Graduation Exercises of Area Vocation Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 on April 26, 2018, Friday.

PWDs and CNSPs who are graduates of vocational skills training of DSWD-7 Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) hold their hands as they sing together their graduation song entitled ‘Give me a chance’ during their graduation ceremony.

Massage Therapy, Consumer Electronics, Commercial Arts and Crafts, Basic Cosmetology, Commercial Cooking, Dress and Apparel Technology and Computer Technology are the various vocational skills trainings that the 40 graduates have successfully completed.

To recognize the achievement of trainees, certificates of recognition and basic tools for their vocational courses were given to five model trainees for the exemplary behavior they have showed. There were also four visually impaired graduates who received certificates of recognition for passing the Licensure Examination for Massage Therapist administered by the Department of Health (DOH) in 2017, while three orthopedically impaired graduates have received certificates of recognition as well for passing the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Exam.

The graduates also brought home with them valuable takeaways from the inspirational messages of different guest speakers during the ceremony.

As one of the guest speakers, Mr. Mateo Quilas, a Massage Therapy graduate and Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) Focal in Bohol has shared his secret formula of success and the importance of radiating positive attitude and quality service in the workplace.

On behalf of the DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, Ms. Rosemarie Salazar, Protective Service Division Chief also shared her experiences while working in AVRC II. She reminded the graduates to always give respect to people who have been instruments in making them a well-rounded and productive individual of the community.

The ceremony was concluded with an emotional giving of chocolates and flowers as token of gratitude by the graduates to their families, friends and teachers who have become a great part of their milestone. ###


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