NCDA cites PGMA's support to persons with disabilities
Manila (19 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's commitment to support, empower, and redeem the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities (PWDs) was recently cited as one of her meaningful legacies.
National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) chairperson Rosie Lovely Romulo said the efforts and commitment of the President inspired PWDs to become productive citizens. Romulo said President Arroyo will leave behind a sector truly satisfied of her efforts and concern.
"Today marks another milestone in our history as we celebrate our new office, the home of our 58 staff and partners nationwide," Romulo said during the President's visit last February 18, 2010 at the newly-constructed building of the NCDA located at Isidora St. in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City.
NCDA Executive Director Mateo Dee, Jr., for his part said the new building "represents part of the NCDA's true vision and mission. It symbolizes the transformation of the functions of the then National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons and now NCDA by virtue of Executive Order 709 issued by the President on February 26, 2008."
EO 709 restructured and redefined the functions of the NCDA which according to Dee "gave new hope and aspirations to PWDs."
"We salute the President's able leadership for making NCDA a dynamic and progressive agency focusing on the rights of PWDs," Mateo said.
The EO also paved the way for the PWDs to manage their own affairs and concerns.
The President toured the 1,559-square meter, two-storey facility which includes a parking lot, ramps, an open lift, toilets and non-skid flooring, among others.
The NCDA is the policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body of the government pertaining to disability. It leads stakeholders in promoting the implementation of various disability-related laws, such as the Magna Carta for PWDs (Republic Act7 277) and its amendatory law RA 9442.
It also mobilizes different entities, government or private, to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which the Philippines became a state party on April 15, 2008. (PIA-MMIO) [top]