Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! - (Press Re­lease)

Gon­zalo Pas­cua, Jr. Head of City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice, Ma. Eleanor Fran­cisco of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Af­fairs Of­fice and Re­gional and Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent for Vis­ual Group An­drew Perez, Nette Mor­tel, PR Man­ager of SM Olon­gapo and Rafael John Es­calante, Build­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fi­cer of SM Olon­gapo were also present in the sem­i­nar. Sim­i­larly, ten­ants, em­ploy­ees, and front lin­ers were the tar­get au­di­ence of the ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing.

“We are very happy for this op­por­tu­nity that SM cares for PWDs like us,” said An­drew Perez, re­gional and fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, vis­ual group.

SM Cares pro­motes a bar­rier-free and dis­abil­ity in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment. The SM Cares Pro­gram on PWDs has in­sti­tuted key pro­grams to ad­dress the needs of cus­tomers with spe­cial needs, which earned its rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the most PWDfriendly es­tab­lish­ment across the coun­try. Fa­cil­i­ties have ded­i­cated ar­eas for park­ing and proper em­barka­tion and dis­em­barka­tion for PWDs, spe­cial re­strooms, ramps, some have braille signs, de­signed ar­eas for PWDs in cin­e­mas, as well as util­i­ties with ac­ces­si­ble height like pay phones and wash room sinks.

Some of the pro­gram’s no­table ini­tia­tives which were held in part­ner­ship with some PWD or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude the an­nual An­gels Walk for Autism, Happy Walk for Down Syn­drome, Spe­cial Movie Screen­ing for the Blind and Deaf, White Cane Day for the Blind, Dis­as­ter Re­silience Con­fer­ence for PWDs and Se­nior Cit­i­zens, and spe­cial con­certs for the ben­e­fit of the Filipino PWD.

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