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Blind massage therapy clinic opens to Zambo public

Zamboanga City (5 October) -- The Vision Impaired Society Towards Advancement (VISTA) group, an association of visual-impaired persons announced the opening of the Vista massage Therapy clinic.

Mr. Teddy Kahil, president of VISTA, shared that the re-opening of the said clinic was made possible through the concerted efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment and the City government of Zamboanga.

DSWD Director Teodulo Romo, during the inauguration program, remarked that the restoration of the clinic is in line with the concerned agencies' mission to provide a venue for the employment of Persons With Disability (PWDs), particularly the visually-impaired maximizing their skill in massage.

The clinic has four (4) fully-furnished and air-conditioned cubicles which include towels and supplies such as lotions, powder, aromatic scents and etc.

The memorandum of agreement entered into by DSWD and DOLE specifies the agreement of the two agencies to monitor the operation of the center while the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center, (AVRC) one of DSWD's centers will supervise the management of the clinic.

Zamboanga City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, who was the keynote speaker during the short program that ensued right after the blessing of the center, commended the officers and members of the VISTA association for their hard work that led to the realization of the project and at the same time advised them to sustain the project by taking care of their clinic and maintaining the unique type of massage that they provide to their clients.

Ms. Fatima Caminan, AVRC Superintendent, confirmed that DSWD expended P85,000 for the renovation of the clinic while DOLE provided the livelihood grant in the amount of P101,380 to purchase equipments and fixtures for the clinic. On the other hand, the local government of Zamboanga City facilitated the processing of papers needed for the operation of the clinic.

Ms. Caminan revealed that 40% of the service fee goes to the PWD masseur/masseuse while 60% will be retained by the center for maintenance and operational expenses. She also announced the clinic's promo offer of P150.00 per service/massage for the 1st three months.

Interested parties can visit the clinic from 10:00 am to 8 pm. (DSWD9/PIA9-BST) [top]

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