News Release

LDS Charities Continues Wheelchair Training in CDO

Fourteen registered participants including eight assessors and wheelchair recipients from Cagayan de Oro City and the nearby provinces and municipalities of Region X attended a whole day basic wheelchair retraining workshop on June 11 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ramon Chaves Street, Cagayan de Oro City. The workshop was facilitated by two couple service missionaries from the Church Welfare Office in Manila namely Elder and Sister Bautista and Elder and Sister Notarte.

Technicians from Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Cagayan de Oro City, who were previously trained for basic wheelchair assessments attended the workshop. The retraining was conducted as a refresher course and to update the assessors of new instructions on wheelchair assessment and request procedures.

The assessors were headed by Engineer Bernardo Mercado, Regional Governor for Kapisanan ng mga May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas Incorporated (KAMPI), Region X. Also present were more than 10 persons with disabilities and members of their families.

During the workshop, the assessors were again reminded how to properly conduct a wheelchair assessment examination for the potential recipient. After the workshop, nine wheelchairs were given to physically challenged individuals who were present. Eight more will be assessed, who were unable to attend, and will receive wheelchairs increasing the total number of wheelchairs donated to 17.

In the closing ceremony, Marichu G. Tijing, Administrator of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Medical Rehabilitation Center, expressed profound gratitude to LDS Charities for the wheelchairs as well as to the couple missionaries who conducted the training. She said, “Being part of such a noble cause, that of helping improve the lives of people with disabilities by giving them hope through a wheelchair, is priceless.” She continued, “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a great work.”

Engr. Mercado, gave his closing statement by thanking the LDS Charities and the service missionaries. He then encouraged his fellow workers to energetically move forward to successfully reach more diffently-abled persons who need wheelchairs to improve the quality of their lives. 

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