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RCDA strengthens implementation of programs, services for PWDs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (22 June) -- The Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) Caraga strengthens implementation of government's programs and services for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) during the 2nd quarterly meeting held recently at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga conference room here.

This was bared by Ms. Flerida Labanon, Regional Program Coordinator of the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) for Caraga.

Labanon emphasized that NCDA (formerly National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons or NCWDP) is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns. As such, the NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector.

Labanon also stressed that NCDA is tasked to monitor the implementation of several laws to ensure the protection of PWDs' civil and political rights. These laws include Republic Act No. 7277 otherwise known as Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 or Accessibility Law, Executive Order No. 437 or the implementation of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) for PWDs in the Philippines, and Executive Order No. 417 directing the implementation of the economic independence program for PWDs.

Labanon further said that to date, livelihood programs are offered by the government wherein PWDs can avail of it. Among those include the livelihood programs of the Department of Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), DSWD, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture, and local government units in general.

"Organized PWDs can avail of the livelihood programs provided by government agencies. They should then manage well the funds provided for them by the government and should follow proper liquidation?the government agencies will then conduct constant monitoring to PWDs who availed the program," said Labanon.

Meanwhile, Labanon bared that the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week celebration with this year's theme: "Sa Istrukturang Accessible, Lahat ay Able", will kick-off on July 17, and will end on July 23, 2010 with various activities for the whole week to be undertaken by partner-agencies in the government. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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