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CSF Makes Move To Empower PWDs [ Wednesday, 18th of July 2018 | 1 month ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), kicks-off its observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week 2018 through a two-day conference at Tierra Linda Building, CSFP on July 16 to 17, 2018.

During the first day, more than one hundred fifty (150) parents of children with disabilities in the city attended "Parent Empowerment: Enabling Parents of Children with Disabilities" conference wherein they were educated with 'proper care and guidance' towards their children with special needs. This part was led by Ms. Maria Joyla Oprecia of the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) who currently serves as the president of ASP-CSF Chapter. While, two (2) consultants from Norphil Foundation, Arch. Don de Vera and Mr. Ranilo Sorongon, imparted an orientation on Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 or the Accessibility Law and Republic Act 10754 or PWD Malasakit Law, respectively, to more than eighty (80) personnel coming from pharmaceutical companies, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, recreational centers, and schools. Accessibility Law, discussed by de Vera, states that all public and private buildings, facilities, and utilities, including streets and highways, and public transport terminals should be accessed by disabled persons. Sorongan, on the other hand, talked over PWD Malasakit Law, which states that aside from being exempted from paying value added tax (VAT), all disabled persons should be granted benefits and discounts on services given by hotels and lodgings, restaurants and recreation centers, theatres, cinemas, carnivals, transportation fares, and purchase of medicines. They should also be given the same benefits and discounts on professional fees, medical and dental services, and funeral and burial services, and should be granted educational assistance such as scholarship grants, financial aids, and subsidies. For his part, Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago expressed that CSF always aims to understand the situation and needs of PWDs. "Laging bukas ang ating pinto sa mga taong may kapansanan, o may kakaibang pangangailangan, ito ay para malaman natin kung anong hakbang ang dapat nating gawin para maramdaman nila na katulad lang sila ng mga normal na tao," said Santiago. Santiago added that "the city observes NDPR Week since it also aims to empower the sector of PWDs, enabling them to showcase their abilities and talents." Other activities for the NDPR Week 2018 include Sectoral Plan Formulation for the PWD Sector on July 24 and Skills Registration and Mini Job Fair and Poster Making Contest for PWD Adults and Children on July 30.

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