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Philippines : NDPR 2019 launching in Albay highlights inclusive services for PWDs.

The celebration of this years 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week in the Bicol region highlighted the inclusive services of the government for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and special needs.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 5 Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo stressed on the establishment and functionality of the Person with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in each local government unit (LGU) in the region for more inclusive development and delivery of programs and services for PWDs.

The PWDs should not be considered not only as end users of services, but rather part of the planning process in implementing intervention programs and priorities, Razo said.

DSWD is the lead agency for the 2019 NDPR week celebration from July 17 to 23 with the theme Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong may Kapansanan."

In Bicol region, the kick-off ceremony was held at the Albay Astrodome on July 17. The opening program was highlighted by the recognition of local government units with PDAOs and discussion of various services and programs for PWDs through the NDPR Talkshow: Sarong Aldaw na Kalinawan.

Also present during the opening program are Legazpi City administrator Carlos Ante as Mayor Noel Rosals representative, Albay Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) Eva Grageda as Gov. Al Francis Bicharas representive and National Council on Disability Affairs Regional Program Coordinator Ruth C. Tacujan.

The Philippines aims to develop the fullest potential of PWDs for them to become productive and contributing citizens of the country. The PWDs play a big role in nation-building as partners of the society towards development, Tacujan said.

The participants also expressed their appreciation for the programs and services for the PWDs.

Julie Mabilin of Ilawod Legazpi City, mother of 13-year old Raven James from Pag-asa National High School, said his son has been a recipient of government scholarship program.

His scholarship has been of great help. Despite his speech impediment, he is inspiring us to be strong for him and to face the difficulties in life, she said.

For visually impaired Daniel Damaso Jr. of Legazpi City, government programs helped him in developing and sharing his skills and talents, noting that disability is not a hindrance to live a normal life and be of service to others.

If you are visually impaired, then so be it. If you lack something, then learn to live with it. Its something we cannot change, but we can change how we live our lives. Its up to us. We may not be normal but God has given each of us unique gifts that we can share and fully utilize not just for ourselves but for others as well, he said.

The Philippine Information Agency Region 5 and Albay Information Center, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Justice and other government agencies and private partners also delivered on-site services during the kick-off ceremony.

PWDs from different provinces in the region also shared and showcased their talents at the Regional PWD Got Talent competition in the afternoon.

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Date:Jul 24, 2019
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