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Iloilo stakeholders mark disability prevention, rehab week

Iloilo City (12 July) -- A coordinated effort among Persons with Disabilities, the government and private sector is expected to strengthen the 32nd celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in the city and province of Iloilo on July 17 to 23.

The Iloilo City and Iloilo Provincial Federations of Differently-Abled Persons in coordination with the Regional Council for Disability Affairs in Western Visayas have lined up various activities to highlight the week-long celebration.

A mass at the Jaro Plaza on July 17 will kick-off the event. This will be followed by a medical and dental mission for indigent PWDs at the Association of Disabled Persons-Iloilo, Inc. office at the Jaro Plaza, the next day, July 18.

On July 19, a monitoring on the compliance of Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 will be conducted in some establishments in Iloilo City, followed by the opening of a photo exhibit at the SM City Iloilo Activity Center in the afternoon.

On July 20 to 21, PWDs will have their physical activities through a sportsfest that will be conducted at the Iloilo Sports Complex while on July 22 they will have the opportunity to showcase their talents through a presentation entitled "Awakening" at SM City Iloilo Activity Center.

There will be a Tree Planting Activity at Boardwalk in Mandurriao starting at 6 o'clock in the morning to be participated in by the PWDs, RCDA member agencies and non-government organizations on July 23. This will be followed by a Forum on Accessibility which will be conducted at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

In the afternoon of the same day, a simple ceremony will cap the week-long event that primarily aims to stimulate public awareness on disability problems and concerns particularly on issues on disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for PWDs. Highlighting the activity is the distribution of 12 wheelchairs to identified indigent PWDs from the province of Iloilo.

July 23 is also the birthdate of Apolinario Mabini, known as the "Sublime Paralytic" of the country.

Concerned agencies were also encouraged to hang streamers highlighting the celebration and its theme "Sa Istrukturang Accessible, Lahat ay Able". (PIA) [top]

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