September 14

Microsoft, Partners Launch Program To Increase Employability for PWDs in Asia Pacific

By Joyce Pangco Panares

Ryan Gersava, a Davao-based medical technologist, experienced first hand what it is like to face discrimination because of a chronic medical condition.

In 2015, his job application was rejected thrice.

“I could not get hired as a medical technologist. So I just decided to hire myself,” Gersava said during Wednesday’s online launch of the Microsoft Enabler Program that seeks to increase the employment chances of persons with disabilities.

Gersava decided to put up Virtualahan, a social enterprise that enables PWDs to secure gainful employment by providing them with intensive digital skills and mentorship.

Photo courtesy of Jills

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