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PIA Press Release
2009/02/23

Feature: A heart for PWDs

Tinambac, Camarines Sur (23 February) -- A total of 956 individuals with multi-disabilities trooped to the covered court here for the 2nd General Assembly for Persons with Disability held February 14 this year.

Having a heart for this sector Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde set the Valentine's Day for the Annual General Assembly for Persons with Disability. Dubbed as "Pagkalinga ni Mayor Owie sa mga Taong may K", the event through Velarde ensures that the PWDs particularly those physically handicapped, will move easily through the provision of wheelchairs and crutches.

"If these persons can move easily through these prosthetic devices, then they have all the reasons to go out, have access to different institutions where they can find opportunities to learn, develop skills, and finally earn for their living," Velarde beamed with pride.

This activity which is in its 2nd year of implementation, aims to enable persons with disability attain their maximum social and economic development within the level of their mental and physical capability, for them to be able to realize their aspiration and become assets to their families and communities.

Different activities were undertaken like Orientation on Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, Program Orientation on NCWDA and the distribution of food packs, wheelchairs and crutches.

DSWD Bicol regional director Remia T. Tapispisan led the distribution of 56 wheelchairs and 24 crutches. She was assisted by Mr. Mat Lee, the executive director of the National Council for the Welfare of Disability Affairs (NCWDA), Mayor Ruel Velarde and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Tinambac.

In her message, Tapispisan expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the local government unit for having a heart for the PWDs. She mentioned that this sector is given least attention. She bared that this activity is a joint effort of the LGU of Tinambac, the NCWDA and the DSWD to gain public appreciation and support for the cause of the PWDs. (DSWD/PIA) [top]

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