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Friday, April 8, 2016

Naga City’s Resources Center for the Blind spearheads training for visually impaired

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Apr. 8 (PIA)  ---  Powered by its commitment to promote human dignity, especially among visually impaired persons, the Resource Center for the Blind (RCB) and the city government here, conducted a training  for visually impaired Wednesday, April 6 at the RCB Office, RSR Library Bldg., City Hall, here.

Dubbed “Assisting Client with Vision Impairment,” the activity, also supported by JMR Foundation and the Physicians for Peace,  aims to utilize the participants, mostly front desk officers or office frontliners on how to deal with vision impaired clients every time they have transactions and concerns in government or private offices.

This premise is aligned with the city’s disability inclusive development program to promote good governance.

“It’s our observation that government offices or even private offices set aside visually impaired persons, especially if they are the ones transacting in the office, hence, we come up with a training so that frontliners will know how to interact with the VIs,” states RCB Officer-in-Charge Teresita M. Domer during an interview.

RCB staff Felix Chavez II, a visually- impaired person and a passionate advocate for the welfare of persons with visual impairment, gave the lectures on how to assist clients with said impairment based on real experiences and situations. He also discussed the courtesy rules of blindness and other issues and aspects in dealing with persons with visual impairment.

According to Chavez, the discourses are very important especially for practicing Human Resource personnel as this is a good training for employees to have an effective service to clients.

Joseph Ochoa, Dean of the Visually Impaired Department of the Naga Central School II Special Education Program, a graduate of Computer Engineering and who became visually impaired at the age of 18, shared to the participants how to help persons with low vision to read again by making more readable and accessible print sizes.

The last part of the training was on Orientation and Mobility facilitated by Ms. Eva Azaῆa where participants were made to undergo actual demonstration of a blind person’s ability to move from one place to another safely and independently.

Prior to the start of the training, City Human Resource Management Officer Huberto I. Ursua in his message said that he hopes that when the participants go back to their offices, they can assess if they are indeed a “Person with Disability (PWD)-friendly office”, not only through their facilities but also in terms of the delivery of their services.

“I hope that we could be a model city as far as giving service to the PWDs is concerned,” Ursua added.

The activity was graced by Ms. Jean Robredo-Tan, sister of the late DILG Secretary and former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo. She also represented the JRM Foundation and Physicians for Peace which sponsored the training.

A totally-blind person herself, Robredo was elated for the well-attended activity. She told the participants that she hopes that after the event, they will all come home renewed with more confidence after being given opportunity to save and share their resources.

The Resource Center for the Blind was created on April 13, 2009 through the creative influence of DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Family. (MAL/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861460105316/naga-city-s-resources-center-for-the-blind-spearheads-training-for-visually-impaired#sthash.UvCy4Jy4.dpuf

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