Zambopen PWDs endorse Kahil as AVRC III head Print
Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:16

The Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Zamboanga Peninsula as represented by their chosen leaders have strongly endorsed Zamboangueno Teddy Kahil as head of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Talon-talon.

Kahil, a registered social worker and holder of Master’s degree in social work, was formerly the head of the Persons with Disability Affairs Unit (PDAU) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and recipient of the Apolinario Mabini presidential Award in 2013.

The PWDs believe that the AVRC should be led by a qualified PWD pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 10524 specifically Section 5 on the equal opportunity for employment which emphasizes that no PWD shall be denied  access to opportunities for suitable employment.

The group claims that Kahil’s qualifications, meritorious achievements, unquestionable passion and numerous awards will make the implementation of the agency programs more realistic and compliant to PWD laws and inspiring to the clientele community.

Kahil is a  Council Member of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), member of the Zamboanga City Development Council (CDC), Radio Program Host (Block Time) at RGMA and RMN, 2010 Outstanding Visually Impaired Awardee on Community Involvement-Government Service Category, 2014 Achiever’s Award given by the City Government of Zamboanga City, 2015 Outstanding College Alumnus of   WMSU-College of Social Work, 2016 Peace-weaver Awardee-Mindanao Week of Peace Executive Committee, 2016 Secretary General of the World Blind-Asia Pacific,  Founder of Vision Impaired Society towards Advancement (VISTA), Former President of the Philippine Blind Union (PBU) Inc., National President of the Philippine Brail-Accessibility Network, Inc. and Chapter President of Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-abled Persons (PHILSPADA) Zamboanga among others.

Kahil has also attended international conferences on PWDs to include the Asian Blind Community Forum in Thailand, Employment Preparedness Workshop in Malaysia, World Blind Union Midterm General Assembly in Hongkong, World Blind Union General Board Meeting in Bangkok, 9th World Blind Union General Union in Orlando Floria, USA Marrakash Treaty Workshop in Toronto, Canada and the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization Sub-Regional Meeting for Southeast Asia Countries on the Marrakash Treaty in Singapore.  (Henry Salac)