53 PWDs earn diplomas

VOCATIONAL TRAINING COURSES

FIFTY-three persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordilleras proudly received their diplomas during the 54th graduation rites of Area I Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Dagupan City  last week.

Elizabeth Manuel, AVRC training center superintendent, said the annual graduation marks another milestone for differently-abled citizens and creates opportunities for them as partners for change.

“After a year of training, we share the joy with you as you feel renewed hopes for a brighter tomorrow and we are happy that we are instrumental in making your rights real,” Manuel told the graduates.

Purita Cueto, senior manpower development officer, presented to the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) the graduates who finished the comprehensive social and vocational training courses on dressmaking (6), tailoring (7), cookery (10), massage therapy (18), beauty care and hairdressing (7), men’s hair cutting (6) and social rehabilitation (1).

Miguel Limon, regional program coordinator of the (NCDA) who represented Acting Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga, said he felt the excitement of the graduates to spread their wings and find their places in labor sector.

“You have fought battles beyond compare and you have proven that disability is not in anyway a deterrent to succeed in life,” Limon said.

Two former graduates of AVRC also expressed their gratitude to the institution for their present status. Grace Balbin (visually-impaired) is now an online-teacher and Annie Rose Rumbaua (orthopedically-handicapped) is now a chef in a university cafeteria and has represented the Philippines in an international competition in France. (PIA-Pangasinan/VHS)