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Michael Fuentespina: the hearing-impaired medic

In a dinner held in held in Etobicoke, Ontario, a member of the Canadian Army and Recipient of the order of Military Merit by the Canadian Government has delivered the 2018 Apolinario Mabini Memorial Lecture of the Dinner of Hope.

He is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Fuentespina, a medic of the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group of the Royal Canadian Air Force deployed in Afghanistan. He has served in seven countries (Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, France, United States, Afghanistan, and Bosnia) and received the NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, Canadian Decoration, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, General Campaign Star – Afghanistan, and the Member of the Order of Military Merit. He has also participated in the 2016 Invictus Games held in Florida and in the 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto as a member of Team Canada for the Men’s Road Cycling.

But the Makati native who just moved to Winnipeg when he was two years old has followed a bomb attack during his “tour of duty” as a member of the Counter-IED’s Advisory Response Team during the War in Afghanistan in 2008. He lost his hearing then and developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) nine years after.

“When I witnessed the death and destruction in Afghanistan, I realized that there is that very real possibility that I may not come back or may be grievously injured and, at the same time, I saw what Canada was doing to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves – it was then that this job which became a profession has now transitioned into a calling,” he was quoted saying in a report.

To date, Officer Fuentespina is assigned in Ottawa as advisor for all Reserve Medical non-commissioned members of the CAF responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to professional development, training and education.

 “Disability or not, we live in a great country that provides endless opportunities if you go out and seek them. Just strive to do your best in an ethical manner and great opportunities will come to you.” ~ Michael Fuentespina

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Michael Chow

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Job hunting for Filipino PWDs

Persons with disabilities in the Philippines have been given a chance to prove their worth.

In Makati, its deaf-mute residents have been invited in a job fair held at the Activity Center of the Ayala Malls in Circuit Makati. Among of the 26 companies that have been “intent of hiring persons with disability (PWDs)” are the George Optical, China Bank, Regalong Pambahay, Nail-A-Holics, Group Perspective Incorporated, CNT, Guill-Berns, BFL Bookstore, Market Place Christian Church Transport & Multi-Purpose Coooperative, Philippine Survey Research Center, and Receivers and Liquidators. There were also food establishments such as the Samjin Amook, The Burgery, Torch Circuit Lane, Fox Box, Dunkin Donuts, Andok’s Lechon, Rackshaack Circuit, Serenitea, and Mesa Restaurant; shopping centers such as the Mi Department Store, Rustans Super Center, Uniqlo, and Bench; and recruitment agencies Mirof Resources Incorporated and More Than Jobs. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-Ibig), and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) were in the job fair, too.

In Quezon City, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has partnered with the 30 Rotary Clubs of District 3830 to conduct a one-day job fair where private companies and government agencies in Metro Manila have participated. Job-seeking PWDs or employers just have to register at philjobnet.gov.ph. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will also provide livelihood and skills training during the event.

“The special activity will highlight compliance with the law mandating offices of government to set aside one percent of the positions to persons with disabilities. The same law, Republic Act 10524, encourages private enterprises with more than 100 employees to reserve one percent of their workforce to the disadvantaged persons,” the labor department stated in an article.

In Iloilo, seven PWDs have grabbed the chance for a possible employment in a two-day job fair facilitated by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). A total of 124 companies offered more than around 60,000 job vacancies—most of which are for overseas employment—in malls as service crew and cashiers, in drug stores as sales clerk and pharmacy assistant, and in supermarkets as bagger and cashiers, among others. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also joined the event.

While this is a welcome event, The PWD Forum hopes that the private companies that joined the job fair haven’t done so to exempt themselves from labor law compliance inspection for one year. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has promised that immunity in an interview at the Jobs and Opportunities Fair for PWDs at the covered walk of Quezon City Hall.

“The law mandates that employer or business establishments to hire PWDs of at least 1 percent of their business compliment. If there’s a company that will hire more than one percent or will reach 10 percent, I will give immunity from inspection for one year.” ~ Silvestre Bello III

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the International Labour Organization

Disability in Filipino men

Among of the disabilities common in Filipino men are poliomyelitis, stroke, Freeman Sheldon Syndrome, blindness, chronic osteomyelitis, and deafness.

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a disease that could cripple a person. Its virus (called the poliovirus) can spread from person to person and invade the infected person’s brain and spinal cord. It was what had afflicted Rico Marquez, a Leyte native who was still able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology at the Baptist Theological College in Cebu. He was also still able to finish master degrees in Divinity and Educational Leadership at the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California then founded a church for the Filipinos in Pinole. He had a wife and two children.

Stroke, on the other hand, is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). It was what had caused paralysis in Fernando Kabigting’s right hand. It was also what had blinded the left eye of the painter. He just struggled to continue painting with his left hand using watercolor and had solo exhibitions at the United Nations in New York City, the Ayala Museum in Makati, and at the Italia Gallery in Bacolod.

A condition that primarily impinges on the face, hands, and feet, Freeman Sheldon Syndrome is the disorder that Raymond Martin had been born with. His unusually small mouth (microstomia) did not stop him to win gold medals, though, during the London 2012 Paralympic Games where he was recognized as the Sportsman of the Year.

Otherwise known as visual impairment, blindness refers to a lack of vision. It can be partial, which means a very limited vision; or complete, which means not being able to see anything, even light. People in third-world nations usually have poor vision and this was what Ronnel del Rio had been afflicted with. Despite his physical limitation, though, Ronnel still became a “voice of reason and awareness,” heading the Philippine Chamber of Massage Industry for Visually Impaired, the Federation of Disabled Persons in Lipa, and the PWD advocacy group Punlaka once. He also became involved with the Philippine Coalition on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Philippine Mental Health Association, and the Housing and Homesite Regulatory Affairs Office in Batangas. He has had a Master’s degree on Management Technology in De La Salle University in 2003.

Osteomyelitis is the infection of the bone and the bone marrow. It may be subdivided into acute, subacute, and—what power lifter and swimmer and mountain climber Arnold Balais is in—chronic stages. This phase did not deter him in competing for the Paralympics, ASEAN Paralympics, and the Malaysian Paralympiad, though.

Not being able to hear partially or completely has still led Romalito “Rome” Mallari to win the Best New Actor in a Movie during the 2010 Star Award for Movies. He was also nominated for a Golden Screen Award for his roles in Ganap na Babae and Dinig Sana Kita. Most recently, he was involved in the 2015 film Taklub, which was screened and well received at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Have faith that you have the potential, the capacity to succeed. God will give you strength to finish and accomplish your dreams.” ~ Rico Marquez

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