TABUK CITY, Kalinga– Four people with disabilities were recognized for completing a month of free massage therapy training.
Graduates John-Lei Buelta, Carlo Dario, Ritchen Drapiza, and Marinella Iyadan, who obtained a second medal and diploma, underwent training under the supervision of Genevieve Wagayan, who is also disabled and a regular therapist.
The bulk of the 15 PWDs who first registered dropped out for a number of reasons, including the distance from their homes to the training center, the lack of a stipend, and the need that trainees carry their own massage kits, said Wagayan in an interview.
Wagayan used both lecture and practical demonstration to make sure the participants mastered the skill as successfully as possible.
Glen Wansi, City Special Concerns and Coordinating Officer, said the program gives PWDs the chance to master a job that will enable them to support themselves and their family financially.
Wansi stated that despite the limitations brought on by their disability, his office will continue to provide services for PWDs to assist them and maximize their potential.
Wansi also said that completing the massage therapy course demonstrates that persons with disabilities are capable of doing what normal people do.
According to Marydhel Lattot, Social Welfare Officer IV, a subsequent massage therapy course will be organized soon.
The training is offered to PWDs as well as senior citizens and other interested individuals.
Photo from TABUK CITY PIO