Representatives of various agencies of government and private groups converge in a forum to manifest support to persons with disabilities in observance of the 12th Celebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week at Robinson Place, San Jose on Thursday.
Dolores Laudenorio, PWD consultant for Region 6 &18 at the same time National Poverty Commission Representative for the sector of PWDs lauded the Provincial Government of Antique, and other national government agencies and private groups for giving all-out support to PWDs. Governor Rhodora Cadiao said the province has appropriated P2 million budget for Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO).
This is for the operations of PDAO as well as for the empowerment of PWDs. “It is our desire to see you start your own business or get employed. Just let us know of your needs through your PDAO organization or your Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer,” Cadiao said.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Larry Petinglay on his part assured that they are doing their best to provide access to PWDs so they become productive, free to express themselves and be treated with dignity.
Jocelyn Gelpe of TESDA explained the skills training program scholarship that PWDs could avail while Donnabel Baldonado of DOLE informed them of the livelihood programs of the agency, but she emphasized that it should be coordinated with the Barangay or Municipal Government.
Philippine Information Agency and other government agencies present namely PhilHealth, Provincial Health Office, Philippine Coast Guard, University of Antique representing Commission on Higher Education, Antique Integrated School representing the Department of Education and Advance Central College discussed their programs and services for PWDs. On the other hand, Laudenorio emphasized the need to sustain the advocacy to fully implement the Magna Carta for PWDs. Barangay and Municipal Officials should have a complete count of PWDs in their jurisdiction.
They must be registered and given identification cards so that they could avail of the 20 percent discount for their medicines, transportation expenses among other privileges and 5 percent discount for basic necessities and prime commodities, she said.
Source: Philippine Information Agency