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AVRC II Celebrates 39th Anniversary

AVRC II Celebrates 39th Anniversary
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In 1974, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) saw the need for a place where disabled could maximize their functioning abilities. The result was the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC II) that will cater to multi-disability group of clientele in the entire Visayas region. Since then, AVRC II has been at the forefront of providing human resource development to persons with disabilities (PWDs) through various skills enhancement program which will encourage them to integrate into the community.

“For 39 years, AVRC II have been serving thousands of PWDs like visually impaired, hearing and speech impaired and orthopedically handicapped and helped them in job placement,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat during the center anniversary program in Labangon, Cebu City.

“I encourage our stakeholders and the rest of the community to give on PWDs a chance to prove their selves that they can also work like normal people,” Jabagat emphasized.

As a non-residential institution, AVRC II provides various courses ranging from Therapeutic Massage, Electronic Motor Repair, Computer Electronics, Basic Sewing, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Commercial Cooking and Cosmetology.

Recently, two batches of AVRC students successfully passed the massage therapy licensure examination conducted by the Department of Health (DOH). In fact, Olymer Adiva, 24 years old partially blind masseur, ranked third in the nationwide licensure examination.

“The success of our clients is also the success of AVRC and to the rest of the DSWD family,” Jabagat added.

For years, reliable partners and stakeholders had contributed in the success of AVRC II. Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) like Cebu Centennial Lion’s Club, Rotary Club of Cebu West and Tzu Chi Foundation had been regularly donating various logistical supplies to the center and to the trainees themselves.

Meanwhile, the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) had been partnering with DSWD in deploying blind therapist in the lobby of the airport to offer Therapeutic Massage to passengers in the last 14 years.

Also, the Department of Education (DepEd) also supported the center through its Alternative Learning System (ALS).

“I’m truly grateful for the strong partnership and I hope it will last long until we reach our golden anniversary,” Jabagat added. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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