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NGO catering to PWDs gets P8M aid from PAGCOR
A NON-GOVERNMENT organization catering to persons with disabilities (PWD) today received an P8 million grant from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to support its operations.
The Physicians for Peace Philippines,Incorporated (PFPPI) was granted the cash aid for the program they named “PAGCOR Cares”, which also supports trainings and workshops, conferences, scholarships and the components in making prosthetics conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
PFPPI’s programs benefit PWDs, especially amputees who need prostheses. It is among the 70 operational franchises of the global organization Physicians for Peace. The institution also runs facilities for patients who require medical optical attention and burn victims.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo personally handed the agency’s grant to PFPPI Chairman Dr. Teodoro Herbosa in a simple turnover ceremony at the PAGCOR Executive Office in Manila.
According to Dr. Herbosa, PAGCOR’s donation will help them finance the training of individuals that they took in as scholars for prosthetics-making course.
“We partnered with the University of the East, and we put up the Philippine school of prosthetics and orthotics. These are people who take a three-year course and learn how to make fine prostheses for amputees. We have had many scholars, and this is the project now with PAGCOR that we have named PAGCOR Cares,” he explained.
PFFPI board member Dr. Josephine Bundoc, who joined Dr. Herbosa in the event, said that the pandemic did not hamper their effort in attending to the needs of the PWDs who approach them for their prostheses requirements.
“We lack professionals who can provide appropriate, affordable and accessible care for PWDs. That is why together with the provision of service, we do training and we provide scholarships for people who want to become skilled in the art and science of creating prosthesis,” she said.
Dr. Bundoc added that PFPPI also conducts a mobile prosthetics and orthodontics workshop to reach out to PWDs who have difficulty travelling physically.