Sharing the same hope and dignity with other PWDs, Teddy invited other disabled Zamboangeños to organize an association which he dubbed, Vision Impaired Society Towards Advancement Inc. (VISTA). In 2009, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 9 awarded Teddy’s group livelihood assistance amounting to P101,380 for the purchase of materials and equipment as VISTA inaugurated its own massage therapy clinic to provide its members equal opportunity to earn decent income.
The DOLE Regional Office recognized VISTA as the region’s Outstanding Visually Impaired Group in 2010. With the DOLE’s support, Teddy and his group were able to continue the daily operation of the massage clinic which now employs 48 Zamboangeño PWDs and still open doors of opportunities to other disabled people who aspire to become economically independent.
|Source Institution||Department of Labor and Employment|
|Place of Publication||Manila|
|Original Publication Date||August 1, 2013|