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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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AVRC II celebrates 43rd anniversary; encourages families to support their PWD family member

Families of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) joined in the recently concluded founding anniversary of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II). These PWDs who are active trainees of AVRC II were overjoyed with their family’s presence.

During the family forum spearheaded by Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head, shared AVRC’s history and its objectives to the participating families.

Ms. Eutilla Tahanlangit, AVRC II center head, orients families of PWDs about AVRC during the family forum.

“This center aims to develop the PWDs capacity through a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program which will enable them to acquire practical skills for eventual employment, that is why we provide various courses ranging from Massage Therapy, Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology,” said Tahanlangit.

“Here in AVRC, we also teach your children or relatives important life skills like proper hygiene, time management, socialization and even Alternative Learning System (ALS) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd),” Tahanlangit underscored.

She further emphasized that the family support is also important in the rehabilitation of PWDs.

Bisitahi, tawagan o pangamustahan sad ninyu sila diri aron madasig sila ug mahimong malampuson ilang pag-training (Check on them here or call them, so that they will be encouraged and successfully finished their training),” she added.

Strong family support is integral in the PWDs holistic development.

Partners and stakeholders who have contributed to the success of AVRC II were also present during the founding anniversary program like the Tzu Chi Foundation, Cebu Centennial Lions Club, Hospicio de San Jose Barili and Department of Labor and Employment Region 7 (DOLE-7).

As a non-residential institution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), AVRC II has been at the forefront of providing human resource development to PWDs in the Visayas region through various skills enhancement program. ###


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PWDs spend White Cane Safety Day in Mall

Thirty (30) visually-impaired trainees of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joined the recently celebrated White Cane Safety Day.

White Cane Safety Day is a yearly celebration to promote and protect the physical, moral, and social well-being of all persons with disabilities (PWDs).

WhiIe inside the mall, the trainees had the chance to interact with mall workers and purchase items on their own.

To highlight the celebration, the visually-impaired trainees toured SM City Cebu.

They experienced taking the escalator and elevator and toured the different areas of the mall.

During the tour, the trainees were also oriented on the locations of the comfort rooms for them to know how to use the modern toilet facilities.

WhiIe inside the mall, the trainees interacted with some mall personnel like the sales ladies and cashiers and had the chance to purchase items on their own.

The use of the white cane dates back to 1921 when a Bristol photographer named James Biggs used it to help him move around after he lost his vision in an accident.

He chose the white cane so that even at night, he would be visible to pedestrians and motorists.

The white cane is a symbol of greater mobility for the visually impaired and of their full participation in the community.

In preparation for the mall tour, personnel from AVRC II gave a lecture on the Basic Sighted Guide Techniques, Mobility Cane Self Protective Techniques and its correct usage.

The simulation activity followed where sighted individuals were blindfolded for them to experience the difficulty of being blind.

Sighted individuals were blind folded during the simulation activity.

Other trainees served as guide to the blindfolded trainees to apply the basic sighted guide techniques.

AVRC II has been at the forefront of providing human resource development to PWDs in the Visayas region through various skills enhancement program. ###


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DSWD empowers 60 PWDs through AVRC II

Sixty (60) persons with disabilities (PWD) graduated from the technical vocational program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Field Office VII (DSWD-7) through the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center II (AVRC II), on April 27, 2017.

This is AVRC’s 41st commencement ceremony.

Bisan ang dakung bunuk sa uwan karung hapuna wa gayud nakapakgang sa inyung kahinam nga atung sa-ulugun ang inyung graduation karun. Kining kada-ugan karun nga nakab-ut aning 60 ka graduates di gayud ni nila makab-ut kung sila-sila lang. Busa akung gipasalamatan ang mga ginikanan sa inyung pagsalig kanamu diri sa AVRC II nga inyung gitugutan inyung asawa, bana, anak nga mu-anhi sila diri (even the heavy rains this afternoon could not stop the PWD’s eagerness on their graduation. The success of these graduates would not be possible if they were alone. Therefore, I am thankful to the parents who trusted AVRC II that you allowed your wife, husband, son come here),” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre in her message to the graduates.

The AVRC graduates proudly march on their success

The 60 graduates took different courses in technical vocational program. Among the 60 PWDs, 30 finished Massage Therapy, 4 also finished Consumer Electronics, 1 completed Furniture and Cabinet Making, 8 also completed Commercial Cooking, 8 graduated Basic Cosmetology, 2 also graduated Dress and Apparel Technology and 7 finished Computer Technology.

During the said commencement ceremony, the 21 licensure examinee passers in the Massage Therapy Licensure Examination of DOH were also recognized by DSWD. The licensed masseuse and masseurs belong to January- June and July- December 2016 batches of trainees.

Kinahanglan gayud ninyu i-prubar nga PWD’s dili angayang kaluy-an kay parihas ra tang tanan dunay tagsa-tagsang abilidad ug ka-alam nga gipahulam sa Ginoo (You have to prove that PWDs doesn’t deserve pity because we are just the same. Each of us has unique ability and has knowledge that God has given us),” Director Macapobre added.

The AVRC II offers various courses for PWD’s like Massage Therapy, Consumer Electronics, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking, Cosmetology, Dress and Apparel Technology and Computer Technology.

AVRC II based in Brgy. Labangon, Cebu City is the second accredited training institution for massage therapy in the Visayas and first of the 4 vocational rehabilitation centers to be accredited as training institution nationwide.

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center II (AVRC II) is a non-residential institution that provides enabling environment for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) 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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9 Visually-Impaired now Licensed Therapists

Another set of visually-impaired trainees from the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) recently took oath as licensed massage therapists.

The 9 visually-impaired show off their certificate for licensed massage therapists.

The 9 visually-impaired show off their certificate for licensed massage therapists.

The nine therapists passed the licensure examination administered by the Department of Health’s (DOH) Committee of Examiners for Massage Therapy (CEMT).

During the oath taking ceremony, they received certificate of registration, pins, DOH-CEMT ID and PALMT ID as new members of the Philippine Association for License Massage Therapists (PALMT).

“Through our AVRC II, we continuously provide training and review for our visually-impaired trainees so that they can pass the licensure examination,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

Presidential Decree (PD) 856, mandates that massage therapists must first acquire a certification issued by the DOH before practicing and applying their skills.

“Considering that some of them did not attend school, it really takes ones determination to finish the course and eventually pass the licensure examination,” Director Macapobre added.

All examiners underwent written, oral and practical tests just like any other regular board takers.

The examination is based on the Reference Manual for Massage Therapy made by the CEMT.

It consists of different modules namely; Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Pathology, Fundamental Concepts of Massage Therapy, Application and Practice of Massage Therapy.

Most of these licensed therapists are now employed in various visually-impaired spa and wellness organizations like the Helping Hands Organization of Persons with Disability, Inc.

The 9 visually-impaired trainees from the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) take oath as licensed massage therapists.

The 9 visually-impaired trainees from the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) take oath as licensed massage therapists.

AVRC II has been at the forefront of providing human resource development to PWDs in the Visayas region through various skills enhancement program.

Aside from Massage Therapy, AVRC II also provides other courses like Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology. ###


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