Distribution of School Supplies to In-school Children and Youth with DisabilityWritten by Mayliw D. Sandoval
- Published: 26 September 2016
Started in school year 2014-2015, the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) has provided school supplies to in-school children / youth with disability (C/YWDs). This is one of the prioritized programs of Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante’s administration to the most vulnerable sectors in the community. For SY 2016- 2017, MGD distributed school supplies to 75 C/YWDs in 42 public elementary schools, 26 C/YWDs in 8 national high schools and 21 recipients at Dalaguete Central School’s SPED Center.
Aside from the provision of school supplies Persons with Disability (PWDs), through the Community Development (ComDev) Office, were issued identification cards that they could use to get discounts not only from bus companies but also from different establishments such as restaurants, movie houses and hotels. Likewise, they were given purchase booklets for medicines and basic commodities as required by drugstores and supermarkets. Moreover, indigent PWDs are provided with PhilHealth coverage and enjoy other benefits from MGD such as non-payments of affidavit fees and local fees in getting their marriage or birth certificates. Active PWD organizations are also assisted in their livelihood projects while those who are in need of help for medical, burial or emergency purposes are also being assisted through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).
The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Program is currently implemented at the municipality by Norfil Foundation in partnership with LGU-Dalaguete. The program not only provides medical and diagnostic assistance to C/YWDs but also gives the municipal and barangay personnel as well the C/YWDs and their parents with relevant trainings and seminars. It has started in pilot barangays and is now trying to cover all 33 barangays before its phase-out sometime in 2017.
With all these programs and projects, MGD is hoping that in-school C/YWDs will be motivated to go to school and pursue their dreams despite their disability and that more and more PWDs will be encouraged to participate in community events and activities so that they will be empowered and become active citizens of society. As Mayor Cesante has pointed out, “rest assured that we, at the municipal government, will not only continue to deliver these basic services but also initiate other projects for the welfare of our less privileged Dalaguetnons.”