National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week observed in Pampanga
by Emma C. Tabalanza
San Fernando City, Pampanga (21 August) -- "Kapag may access, may success, we can easily overcome any problem because every person has a distinct ability and talent".
This was the message of Adelina Apostol, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region III (DSWD III) during the opening ceremony of the 3Oth annual celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPR) which was held recently at the Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
The said celebration aims to promote the integration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the mainstream of society leading to their empowerment and it was participated in by some 100 PWDs, LGUs, stakeholders and DSWD reception centers from the seven provinces in the region, non government organizations like the Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation Inc.
Pampanga Governor Eddie T. Panlilio in his inspirational message praised the PWDs for their being powerful advocates and influencing various sectors of society converge and work together for their upliftment.
He said that he wanted to call them differently abled persons for they have distinct and unique talents.
Pampanga is the first and only province in the Philippines that passed a resolution appropriating 1% every year the amount of 5.7 million pesos or P17.1 million in three years for the construction of PWD office, trainings, scholarship program, supplies, livelihood and other needs of PWDs.
Panlilio also said that 5% of the employees at the capitol are PWDs and that he hoped that the said resolution will become an ordinance so that it will be continued even after the expiration of his term as governor.
The following are the winners for various activities during the said celebration:
Information Technology (IT) skills competition for PWDs on word processing conducted by the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA): first prize, Christian Orbido of Aurora; second prize, Richard Dacoycoy of Bulacan; and third prize, Reynaldo Vigilia of Tarlac.
Winners in the poster making contest conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources III are first prize Erwin Dayrit; second prize, Romeo Baluyut; and third prize, Jayson Elisterio.
Other activities were vinegar making out of recycled fruits, fishball, banana burger, shanghai, paper flower, recycling of waste of 1.5 ml. plastic bottle by Minda Castaneda of DENR III; sweetened banana chips, spicy dilis, calabasa yema and calamansi juice concentrate by Jesili Reyes of the Department of Science and Technology III (DOST).
There was also a photo exhibit by the DSWD III and local government units, and demonstration of IT program for the visually impaired by TESDA III.
Director Martha Hernandez of TESDA III assisted by Director Minda Brigoli of DSWD III awarded PGMA-TWSP and PESFA Scholarship Certificates to qualified PWDs in different courses for each province.
Rodolfo Mendoza, Central Luzon Federation President and concurrent President of PWD of Nueva Ecija chapter, received a certificate of recognition and an Apolinario Mabini Award for 2008, individual category.
In the closing remarks of Director Hernandez she vowed to continue giving scholarship and training for PWDs to uplift their lives.
Other resource persons and facilitators for the said activities are; Teresa Villa, DSWD III and RSCWDP focal person, Marites Chavez, Tam Lirio and Nitz Infante of DSWD III, Ferdie Capati of DOLE, Frances Castro of TESDA, Emma C. Tabalanza PIA, Nympha Feliciano DA, Tonette Magtoto and Claire Magtoto, chairperson of the Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation, Inc of Pampanga and Carlo Costales, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Pampanga and focal person of PWDs. (PIA-Pampanga) [top]