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DTI leads National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

Tacloban City (June 5) -- Department of Trade and Industry Region 8 Director Desiderio P. Belas, Jr. has scheduled a planning workshop on June 9, 2009 at the DTI Regional Office at Pawing, Palo, Leyte in connection with the regional celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

The 31st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week will be celebrated on July 17-23, 2009 as provided for under Proclamation No. 361 and AO 35 directing all government and non-government organizations to promote and conduct relevant activities during this important week.

The Department of Trade and Industry has been elected as chair of the National Working Committee to plan and spearhead all the activities relative to the celebration of the week, thus, at the Regional level, the DTI Directors are taking the lead.

Director Belas said that the activities for this year will revolve around the theme: "31st NPDR WeeK: Tungo sa Katuparan ng Karapatan ng mga PWDs." The theme aims towards greater participation of the citizens with disabilities in the country.

The theme recognizes the importance of PWDs to enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. It covers many areas where persons with disabilities have been discriminated against including access to justice, participation in political and public life, education, employment, freedom from torture, exploitation and violence as well as freedom of movement. Providing them these rights would give them the opportunity to become independent and partners in nation-building.

Director Belas called all the member agencies to start making a list of their respective activities regarding the special Week.

Among the suggested activities are the conduct of a forum on the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities; photo exhibit featuring successful PWDs; jobs fair for PWDs; Paligsahan sa Kasaysayan at Kultura ng may "K"; sports competition for PWDs; Cultural and Variety show for PWDs; medical and dental mission for PWDs; lecture on disability prevention and rehabilitation; radio and TV guestings; family day; promotion and publicity efforts with the tri-media. (PIA 8) [top]

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