By Leandria Pagunsan
In observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week celebration on July 17-23, the Provincial Federation of Persons with Disabilities (PFPD) in Negros Oriental will showcase talents of persons with disabilities (PWD) through the “PWD Got Talent” at the Robinsons Mall, Dumaguete City on July 20, 2018.
In a recent meeting of Provincial Council for Disability Affairs (PCDA), Benemerita Badon of the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO) and focal for PFPD urged municipal social welfare officers to conduct NDPR activities at their level and discover talented PWDs for the provincial competition.
A cash prize of P3,000 will be awarded to the winner of the competition, according to Badon.
In a related development, Cathy Sedillo, Special Education (SPED) coordinator of Department of Education (DepEd), Negros Oriental Division reported that the department is fully implementing the inclusive education for special children.
According to Sedillo, teachers are well trained in handling basic intervention emphasizing lip reading for deaf and mute children and make them sit at the front rows so they can follow while the teacher is talking.
DepEd will also observe NDPR week celebration to recognize talents of special children.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Bless De Padua disclosed that there is a livelihood assistance for PWDs.
PWDs who wish to avail of the program must register with DOLE as an organization for proper accreditation.
A representative from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported that in line with the government’s implementation of accessibility law or Republic Act 7277 known as Magna Carta of Disabled Persons, they are strictly monitoring the compliance of ramps, grab bars, and hand rails in business establishments, hospitals and schools.
Badon also informed that on August 29-31, trainers from the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) will conduct sign language training for police stakeholders as they are the primary responders to crimes involving PWD victims and to testify through sign language in court.