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9 PWDs win slots for 2014 tech tilt in South Korea

Nine person with disabilities (PWDs) will represent the Philippines in the 2014 Global Information Technology (IT) Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in South Korea.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) announced Monday that the 9 PWDs will also be national representatives to other related competitions.

The PWDs won in the recent “Kakayahan 2014,” dubbed as the first ever National PWD IT Competition. They are entitled to take on e-Life, e-Tool, and e-Sports training to prepare them for the South Korea-hosted event this year.

ICT Office Deputy Executive Director for E-Society Bettina Quimson said having physical disability should not stop one from working, “it just means we need to hone your other special skills aligned to the job opportunites.”

The winners of the Kakayahan 2014, are, for e-Life, Janielle A. Salvador, first place, Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD), Erika Lauren S. Aguillon, second place, PSD, and Anne Charlaine Santos, third place, National Orthopedic Hospital School for the Crippled Children (NOH-SCC); for e-Tool, Nathaniel Q. Dimalanta, first place, PSD, Gian Karlo C. Gonzales, second place, Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB), and Mark Christian D. Evangelista, third place, PNSB); for e-Sport, Wawel A. Quidoles, first place, PNSB, Mark Christian P. Evangelista, second place, PNSB, and Venus Alexis A. Rescober, third place, Quirino High School (QHS).

In the 2012 edition of the world IT competition, Filipino representatives won gold medals in e-Life and e-Tool. (Edd K. Usman)