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Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Manila

Photographer: Rolex dela Pena


The National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region of the Philippines has been providing developmental services for persons with disabilities (PWDs) for 58 years, empowering individuals who have chosen to overcome their impairment and enhance their capacities. According to informational material from the NVRC, skills in areas such as consumer electronics servicing, computer software and hardware operations, garments trade, scientific massage and commercial cooking are being offered.


Filipino Edna Panganiban, a social welfare officer at the center, says that no tuition fee is required and that applicants are welcome all year. Trainees are provided free learning materials and receive a daily allowance of 100 Philippine pesos (1.87 euros).


A total of 77 persons with disabilities are currently training at the center. On each training day, trainees and staff workers come together to create an environment of learning, acceptance and empowerment. The NVRC operates with a staff of 28 people, some of whom are PWDs themselves and are former trainees.