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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

Adventists donate 28 wheelchairs to Surigao City

by Fryan E. Abkilan

Surigao City (9 June) -- Some 28 persons with disabilities (PWD) in the city were the fortunate recipients of 28 wheelchairs donated by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in coordination with the city government of Surigao.

Held at the city’s cultural center last June 5, the distribution was also in line with 2nd quarter meeting of the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA).

Rev. Ruel Arrogante, ADRA Director for Northeastern Mindanao Mission said the wheelchairs were originally from the Wheelchair Foundation and the Knights of Columbus. They just channeled their donations through their office, the ADRA Foundation Philippines.

ADRA Foundation according to Rev. Arrogante is an independent, humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the specific purpose to help people without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, or political or religious association.

Mayor Alfonso Casurra in his short message, could not help but thanked the ADRA Foundation for there enthusiasm in extending their help to the Surigaonons.

"It is really gratifying on my part. The one responsible here is ADRA. They are really eager in coming to Surigao City," said Mayor Casurra.

Considering the limited resources of the city government, Casurra admitted that the city government cannot afford to buy all these wheelchairs. Every wheelchairs costs about P14,000 to P15,000. The only counterpart of the city government according to Mayor Casurra is the P500 freight and handling fee per wheelchair.

Meanwhile, Mayor Casurra revealed that the city government will be giving a space in the Luneta Park exclusively for the PWDs Surigaonons. The said space according to the good Mayor will be used for their gatherings and entrepreneurship. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]

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