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Zambo City mayor vows support to early detection of kids with disabilities program

Zamboanga City (September 14) -- Citing the rights of a disabled child, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday reiterated support to programs geared towards the protection and welfare of differently abled individuals specifically young children.

"We all believe that persons with learning disabilities can be successful at school, at work, in relationships if only they are given the right and proper opportunities", Lobregat said in an address to participants of a two-day seminar on Early Detection and Intervention of the Children with Disabilities at the Red Cross youth hostel yesterday.

The activity, spearheaded by the Philippine Association for Citizens with Developmental Learning Disabilities (PACDLD) is part of an attempt to establish a community-based rehabilitation program for children with disabilities. Barangay health workers and representatives from the Federation of Differently Abled sector in the city participated in the seminar held from Sept. 12-13.

Main speakers during the seminar were Dinna Gregorio, National Anti-Poverty Commission Sectoral Representative and Capt. Oscar Paleon, president of the ACA Pinoy Federation of Persons with Disabilities.

Lobregat said his administration considers the welfare and protection of differently abled individuals as one of its priorities through the conduct of various programs and projects. He believed that aside from the prevention of disabilities through immunization and proper nutrition, community based efforts in early detection of impairments and early interventions should also be pushed.

Lobregat lauded the PACDLD for initiating the activity stressing that the same will "provide information on learning disabilities, offer practical solutions and a comprehensive network of resources".

"Hopefully, this seminar is a step closer to bringing out the best of them (differently abled individuals)", he said. Aside from undertaking programs for the differently abled persons, Lobregat said his administration also takes good care of the barangay health workers who are in the forefront of the campaign on early detection and intervention of children with disabilities. Zamboanga was one of the first cities to provide allowances and medical insurance coverage for health workers, he added. (CIO/PIA Z.C.) [top]

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