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CSF Holds Discussion On PWD Rights, Programs [ Friday, 9th of August 2019 | 10 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), held the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Legislative Forum on August 7, 2019 at Heroes Hall.


The said activity, staged in line with the observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, held discussions on the rights and benefits of PWDs provided for in Philippine laws. Mary Ann Zamora, Pampanga Provincial Person with Disability Affairs Office head, led the presentation of Republic Act 10754 or An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of PWDs which mandates that 20-percent discount on goods and services shall be given to PWDs as it aslo exempts them from paying value added tax (VAT). The Accessibility Law, which was also part of Zamora’s discussion, meanwhile states that all public and private buildings, facilities, and utilities, including streets and highways, and public transport terminals should be accessible to PWDs. Marites Liwanag of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III, on the other hand, facilitated an orientation on the Guidelines in Organizing Persons with Disabilities into Self-Help Groups. This particular measure aims to empower PWDs through the creation of small groups or associations where they can discuss their experiences and knowledge, under the supervision of the DSWD. Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, for his part, encouraged all participants to invite other Fernandinos with special needs to get involved in the initiatives of the city. “May programa tayo sa Syudad San Fernando kung saan ang mga PWDs sa bawat barangay ay nagsasama-sama sa iisang grupo kaya nagiging posible na maimbitahan natin sila sa mga ganitong pag-uusap. Ang nais lang natin, yung mga kasalukuyang miyembro ay mahikayat ang kanilang mga kasamahan nang sa gayon, maging parte sila ng mga serbisyo at programa ng syudad,” he said. According to the report presented by the CSWDO, there are currently 4,253 registered PWDs in the city. All of them are part of every barangay’s organized PWD group which regularly benefits from the city’s programs and actively participates in events of the city. The city has also been partnering with fellow public institutions and private organizations in giving aid to Fernandino PWDs—from the delivery of social services to their involvement in different activities.

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