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PWD laws, rights discussed; ‘PWD Section’ in libraries to be established

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

PWD ISSUE- RELATED EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS to be provided in the soon- to- be established 'PWD section' in the Raul S. Roco Library.

With the national laws and issuances guarding the rights and privileges of the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) sector, the Naga City Council for Disability Affairs here spearheaded a two-day seminar attended by representatives from the various government offices, agencies and Naga City barangays— discussing the various constitutional and civil rights that has to be served the PWDs.

MR. RIZALIO SANCHEZ discussing about the national legislations involving PWD rights and privileges.

Among the topics discussed include the (1) Key Mandates and Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Mr. Rizalio L. Sanchez, the Information Officer V of the National Council for Disability Affairs; (2) PWD Employment Rights and Privileges by Ms. Ana Christine S. Soriano, Provincial Director of DOLE- Camarines Sur; (3) Sensitivity Guide for Persons with Disabilities by Mr. Rizalio L. Sanchez, Information Officer V of the National Council for Disability Affairs; (4) Local Legislations for PWDs by Hon. Elmer S. Baldemoro, City Councilor and Chairman of the SP Committee on PWD; and (5) the Legal Basis and Roles of the Barangay Association of Persons with Disabilities (BAPDA) by Mr. Christopher S. Molin, Officer- in- Charge, Naga City Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO).

An action planning by group, based on the Incheon Strategy to ‘make the right real’ for the PWDs in Asia and the Pacific was also facilitated by Mr. Danilo Roquid Jr., with the group presentation reviewed by a panel consists of Mr. Sanchez, Mr. Molin and City Councilor Baldemoro.

PARTICIPANTS during the seminar on laws and issuances concerning PWDs.

Baldemoro confirmed in an interview that they in the City Government has already been abiding by the set laws for the PWD and that, they are still in pursuit of improving those privileges for the sector.

So far po, ok man. Alagad, dakol pa pong dapat gibohon manunungod sa Accessibility Law asin iba pang benepisyo na pwedeng ikatao sa PWD,” affirmed Baldemoro.

One of which is the putting up of the Disability Section in the Raul S. Roco Library, which was launched and which Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed lately, with the help and support of the books and e-book materials as well as computer equipment from the National Council of Disability Affairs.

The section will provide learning materials for the PWD which will include topics regarding the disability issues and related legislations.

Mr. Christopher Molin, who currently heads the Person’s with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), deemed the project best for the sector, taking into consideration the inclusive governance being pursued by the City Government of Naga.

Kita po sa Naga City, ang gusto ta, mayong mawalat, even ang PWD, pag abot sa pig aapod na knowledge o learning hub,” stated Molin.

MOA SIGNING and launching of the Disability Section in the library.

In addition, the said library, now being housed in the third floor of the building, is being planned to be transferred on the ground floor, for the ease of access of the PWD sector who may be availing the services of the library.

Another project being planned by the council, led by Mayor John Bongat, is the establishment of the Naga City Children’s Center which will house a training center for the SPED students.

Aside from the existing Resource Center for the Blind, another city initiative longed for by the PDAO is the establishment of the Resource Center for the Deaf.