pwd01In observance with the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, Dalaguete celebrated PWD DAY 2013 on July 23, 2013. For the first time, LGU-Dalaguete initiated this big and ambitious celebration through its Community Development (ComDev) Unit and Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Office, the activity had started with a Holy Mass at San Guillermo Parish church. Sanz the parade that was not realized because of rain, the main activities were held at the Dalaguete Sports Complex. It was participated by more than 400 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and more than 300 parent/guardian/BHW-assistors from the 33 barangays whose Barangay Captains had shown their support by providing the PWDs with NDPR t-shirts and attending the 1-day event despite their hectic schedules. 

pwd02During the short program, three (3) wheelchairs from International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI) Foundation were given out to PWDs with orthopedic impairment. In his speech, Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante not only mentioned the different programs and initiatives of the municipal government but also assured his commitment to implement programs and projects for PWDs. Vice Mayor Jeffrey Belciña together with SB members Hon. William Lagahid, Hon. John Retz Osorio, Hon. John Moran and Hon. Mario Montenegro attended the event to show their support to the participating PWDs.

pwd03A young PWD who hails from Barangay Caliongan gave her testimony on the importance of independent living. Ms. Luisa Carungay shared about her life since she had completed a Massage Therapy Training at DSWD’s AVRC through the assistance of LGU-Dalaguete and how, despite her being totally blind, she was able to conquer her fears in trying to find her way around while living in Cebu City. Luisa is currently working as Massage Therapist at a non-government organization (NGO) for the blind and is proud to be able to financially assist her family.

Also part of the morning event was a short film showing on the life of motivational Speaker, Mr. Nick Vujicic, who was born with no arms and legs but has been living his life to the fullest. He has inspired millions of people around the world that despite his impairment, he has a family of his own and tried different outdoor activities such as football, diving and swimming, water skiing as well as fishing.

The break-out sessions were scheduled in the afternoon wherein the PWDs had participated or attended in any of the following activities:

pwd04ARTSWORK – was given to children and youth with disabilities (C/YWDs). Facilitated by DUV-Dalaguete’s Education student volunteers who were led by the Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Gerardo Roncale. The participants had fun working on their drawings. Cash prizes were given to the winners of youth and children categories.

pwd05PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSION –Led by Clinical Instructors, Ms.Chutchie Vergara and Ms.Cristina Lactupo, eight (8) Physical Therapy students of Velez College had assessed PWDs with motor and orthopedic impairment such as motor functions and joint mobility. Tips were given to PWDs and/or their families on self-care and home management.

SIGN LANGUAGE pwd06TRAINING – Conducted by Ms. Angelina Paghubasan and Mr. Miguelito Brutol of Norfil Foundation Incorporated, the training was participated by deaf-mute PWDs and their parent/guardian assistors who learned the basics of Sign Language such as the alphabet, numbers and the WH (who, what, where, when and why) questions. They also learned the signs that are commonly used in the family, groups and the community including places and people.

·         pwd07ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEMINAR – was conducted by Ms. Sarah Soloriano of LGU-Dalaguete’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) / Dalaguete On-Line Labor Access Resource (DOLLAR) to adult PWDs who are interested to start a small business or those who are already engaged in small businesses.

The next activities included the Singing Contest and Balak Contest that showcased the talents of our PWDs. Women-PWDs of Obong showed their dancing prowess in their folk dance presentation. The PWDs also enjoyed participating in parlor games.

pwd08After the Closing Remarks of LGU-Dalaguete’s MSWDO in the person of Mrs. Evelyn Sarmago, “bundles of joy” containing rice, canned goods, noodles and vitamins were distributed to the participants.

Indeed, it was not only a learning experience for our PWDs but also a fun-filled day for everyone!   

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