Rotarian Frank Chavez, as Chair of the Development Center for the Handicapped Foundation, Inc. (DCHFI), which operates Stepping Stone, delivered the welcome address, while Mundy Gonzalez , in his capacity as DCHFI President, delivered the closing remarks. Makati Rotarians who took active part in the event included PRID Paing Hechanova, DCHFI Trustee-Treasurer Dayal Nandwani and Trustee Eddie Galvez, RC Makati President Rene Limjoco and Past President Felix Amparo and Past President and current Chairman of the Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. Jun Rojas.
PP Nash Pablo of RC Rizal West was the main Recognition speaker. Dr. Pablo is Dean Emeritus of Philippine Women’s University and an adviser to their current president. He is also a board adviser to DCHFI. Also present was Mrs. Barbara Tull, our Peace Corps Response Volunteer who is our in-house Consultant for the next six months starting March 2012.
An inspirational talk was delivered by Mr. Ibarra Gargantiel who suffers from autism. Mr. Gargantiel, a former SPED student of one of our teachers, was able to start and continues to operate his own home-based noodle business as a result of persistent and intent support of his father. He is a role model that other students and parents could emulate.