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PIA Press Release
2008/07/25

Bohol reps, Capitol sign CWD rehab center MOA

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (25 July) -- FOR the cause of poor children with disabilities (CWD), 3 representatives to pool at least a million pesos each while Capitol allots 150 square meters of space at the province-owned lot for the establishment and operation of a permanent rehabilitation center for the under-privileged.

The P3M pesos would be used to bankroll the building housing the permanent Stimulation and Therapy Activity Center (STAC) for Bohol kids at the Bohol Motorpool site.

Through Breaking Barriers for Children (BBC) project, Bohol ties up with Kapisanan nga mga May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas Inc. (KAMPI) for the organization to assist Bohol in the need for rehabilitation and non formal education training for CWDs.

KAMPI through a team in Bohol operates the soon to rise center for Boholís children and youth with disabilities in the next 30 months, according to the understanding (MOA) signed Friday, July 25, 2008 at the LMP Building, K of C Drive.

Representative Edgar Chatto, Board Members Cesar Tomas Lopez, Aster Apalisok-Piollo signed the MOA for Governor Aumentado while Venus Ilagan penned for KAMPI and Irene Villa, for BBC Bohol.

Representative Adam Jala signed the MOA ahead before the ceremonies, BBC said.

In his message, Chatto said it is a great opportunity for Bohol to pool resources with private sectors and put up a center that would soon be a focal center for rehabilitation of special children in Tagbilaran and neighboring towns.

Over this, he lauded BBC and the provincial government for jointly agreeing on the project even as he assured that he personally supports the project.

Meanwhile, Board Member Lopez, speaking for the governor, said Bohol is committed with the MOA conditions more importantly with the infrastructure as he assures the sustainability of the project.

The MOA also stipulates that KAMPI would train parents of CWDs as well as personnel from other sectors interested in pursuing the program.

In exchange of the funds assured by Bohol representatives, BBC dispenses free comprehensive rehabilitation services to poor CWDs, supports CWDs to be integrated into the formal schools, trains parents, day care workers and barangay health workers and persons with disabilities for them to help sustain the project.

KAMPI turns over the operation of the STAC Center after the MOA ceases to take effect, 30 months later. By then, the operation would be handled by the capable and competent persons or organizations trained by them.

The MOA takes effect until March 2010. (PIA) [top]

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