PWDs can help promote tourism

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Monday, July 14, 2014

PERSONS with Disabilities (PWDs) showcasing their talents can help promote tourism in Davao City.

Arman Amancio, from the Association of the Differently-Abled Persons of the Philippines, said during Monday's Kapehan sa Davao at SM City that there is no law that discriminates the PWDs from sharing their talents.

"Mao gani ga-advocate mi na ang among katungod ma-promote labi natong mga talent sa among mga PWDs which can also help sa atong dakbayan sa tourism na mapakita (That is why we are advocating for our right to promote especially the talents of our PWDs in helping our city tourism)," Amancio said.


James Infiesto, president of Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (Spada), said that PWDs' "dancing skills and other skills can be connected to tourism."

Infiesto also said that when he was an international technical officer for ParaGames held in Kuala Lumpur, he had observed that PWDs had a capability to travel, which can add to the income of any city.

"So if there's a country or city na ma-project nato as PWD friendly, I think it will encourage more PWDs to be a tourist, to go and visit that particular city," he said.

Lisette Marques, OIC of the City Tourism Office, citing the study they had conducted in 2006, said that "senior citizens for differently-abled people are much regarded for especially on tourism because they have a multiplier effect on tourism because they travel in groups."

Marques also said that they have also discussed an initial plan together with the City Social Services and Development Office head to involve PWDs in their tourism program, wherein they can be a tour guide for a certain tourist attraction in the city, like the Pasalubong Center or the Museo.

"Although this is just initial, we don't have any design yet on how we can include it, we are very much willing to do that," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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