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Ryan was hired as a Virtual Assistant for Genashtim in September 1, 2009. Three months later, he was promoted to a Business Development role. By September 2010, he headed the Abled Online project as its General Manager. In Nov 2010, he presented the project in Tokyo and “walked away” with the first prize. He is now concurrently head of IT for Genashtim.
At the age of two, Ryan was afflicted with Poliomyelitis causing his inability to walk for the rest of his life. Because of his disability, he has to use a wheelchair in order to move around. Despite his disability, with the support of his parents, Ryan finished high school and entered college to study Computer Science. Ryan worked for several years with Bigay Buhay Multipurpose Cooperative holding various administrative positions. Because of his experience with the NGO, he was chosen to participate in a three month training in 2000 with the Agape Exchange Program in Kanagawa, Japan. Through the training, he developed his skills in graphics design. He established a small computer shop in 2003. With his experience in the computer business, it has expanded his technical knowledge in computers. Later on, he became a freelance article writer.
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Michael works as Web Master & Programmer for Genashtim. He is in charge of maintaining and developing all websites of the company.
He was born with congenital deformity of the lower limbs and was able to walk with a limp when he reached 3 years old. Because his parents were very supportive, Michael lived normally as any other kid. He was sent to a regular private school in their hometown. He took Civil Engineering at UP but did not finished his course. Later he took up Computer Programming at Adtech Computer School and this has made him able to teach in the same school. He is also working as a freelance website designer.
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Gil works as Remote Technician for Abled Online, a division of Genashtim Innovative Learning. His tasks include providing technical support for all clients of Abled Online as well as all staff via remote access, ensuring that data backup in the office is implemented, and researching and recommending software and hardware upgrades.
Gil was afflicted with polio when he was one year old. His brother used to carry him to school and started using a wheelchair when he turned 18. He was a consistent honor student during his elementary and high school years. He has been a scholar for PESFA of Commission on Higher Education. Currently he has a scholarship with University of Mindanao, taking up Computer Engineering on his last year. He is also a layout artist of the Electrical, Computer, and Electronic student publication of their university. His knowledge of AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) enabled him to compete in Abilympics which was sponsored by TESDA, DSWD, Abilympics Philippines, represented the country in the 6th International Abilympics Skills Competition in New Delhi, India last November to December of 2003. He is also engaged in computer repairs and lay-out designing.
Before joining Genashtim, I was always trying to apply for a job but I was always turned down when they see my disability. After numerous tries, I just decided to manage a small computer shop business which supported the needs of my whole family during that time. Fortunately I found Genashtim.
When I joined Genashtim, I have learned a lot of things, especially working with my co-PWD. It is very inspiring to work with them, to be given an opportunity to work in a corporate environment which was unknown to me. Also, I am now earning a decent income.
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Mac works as Remote Technician for Abled Online, a division of Genashtim Innovative Learning. His tasks include providing technical support for all clients of Abled Online. He also conducts research on software and hardware.
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Art works as Remote PC Technician for Abled Online, a division of Genashtim Innovative Learning. His tasks include providing technical support for clients and staff of the company via remote access. Conducts data backup, research and recommend software and hardware upgrades.
Art had polio when he was 5 years old. He attended a normal school with the help of his brothers and sisters and even his classmates. He started using crutches before graduating high school. He finished college and was hoping to get a good job in a good company but in his dismay, he felt the discrimination because of his disability.
He got a job as an attendant when his church mate opened an internet cafe. Now that he has joined Genashtim, he is happy that he can pursue his dreams and continue working on his profession without any discrimination.