Mark Anthony Bengan (Philippines)
I would like to see a company employ persons affected by leprosy in the same way that Lamoiyan Corporation employs the hearing-impaired. Lamoiyan, a major player in the personal care and household products sector in the Philippines, gives opportunities for persons with disability to be productive citizens.
I would like people who have been treated and cured of leprosy, who have enjoyed success in life, to speak out and share their experiences. I think society will listen to them and take note of what they have to say.
I would like to see a training program to develop or enhance the skills of persons affected by leprosy. For example, I'd like to see the Philippine Leprosy Mission (PLM) partner with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and implement skills training for groups of people affected by leprosy. Also, I would like to see such institutions write letters of recommendation for people affected by leprosy when they apply for jobs.