There is a certain sense of comfort that only the arts can bring — something that feels like a haven for those who feel uncertainties and doubts in a particular phase in their lives. Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) is a place that brings forth comfort to a particular group of people. It is the only government center that caters to orphaned, abandoned, mentally challenged individuals. The center has a 400 bed capacity and they are presently taking care of 620 of its residents.
PLDT employee-volunteers participate in t-shirt monoprinting along with some members of the EGV community.
PLDT, through its Community Relations Division along with its PLDT employee-volunteers, recently visited the EGV Compound in Muntinlupa City to hold a t-shirt mono-printing activity.
In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the activity was just one of the training activities being offered by the center to its clients that stimulate creativity among the upper trainable clients as they come up with their own unique design. It also improves their social skills by collaborating with their activity partner and likewise encourages independence as they do the actual printing of the t-shirt.
ComRel Division Head Katherine Diaz De Rivera underscored the importance of art as a way of freely expressing one’s thoughts and feelings. “In PLDT, we recognize the ability of art, as therapy, to transform an individual as they go through some tough times. We are happy to take part in bringing smiles to everyone here in Elsie Gaches Village as they show their creativity in this activity,” Diaz De Rivera said.
PLDT Community Relations Division head Katherine Diaz De Rivera helps out a member of the Elsie Gaches Village community during the t-shirt monoprinting.
The actvity also provided an avenue for EGV to showcase the talents of their residents in art exhibits. It also encouraged them to sell these items in bazaars to sustain the project.
With the holiday season fast approaching, more people are generous in buying worthy products. Those who designed the t-shirt will be given shares from the sales. In return, they can buy small items from the EGV Sari-Sari Store. The rest of the profit will be used to replenish materials for the project’s sustainability.