Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Antique PWDs Assert Rights Through ‘Walk For Inclusion’


Antique PWDs Assert Rights Through ‘Walk For Inclusion’


How do you feel about this story?


Antique’s persons with disability (PWDs) will hold a “Walk for Inclusion” as a way of asserting the recognition of their rights and privileges.

Provincial Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) assistant head Edison Sta. Romana, in an interview Thursday, said they would hold the event in celebration of the International Day of PWDs on December 3.

“We would like to convey to the society that there is really a need for them to include the PWDs into the mainstream and that there should no longer be discrimination or bullying,” Sta. Romana said.

“Every year, we have the audit of the government buildings and establishments in Antique in compliance with the Accessibility Law, but it is hardly realized.”

The Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa 344 provides for ramps in buildings, toilets with handrails, and other basic needs of the PWDs.

On the aspect of education, the Department of Education now has scholarships provided to PWDs, as well as mainstreaming of PWD learners.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. provides free health services through the coverage of the Universal Healthcare Law while the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority extends skills training.

Local government units in Antique also provide livelihood assistance while the municipality of Belison gives PHP1,000 to every PWD in December for their start-up capital.

“There are still other aspects, like the provision of court interpreters, to the accused PWD in the justice system that is still needed,” Sta. Romana said.

He also said public transportation should have seats for PWDs. (PNA)

Latest News


The Talk

More Stories

North Cotabato Sugar Farmers Group Gets Hauler Truck From DAR

The Department of Agrarian Reform has turned over a hauler truck to sugarcane farmers in North Cotabato to improve their productivity.

DTI Aids Furniture, Guitar Makers In Pampanga

The Department of Trade and Industry has distributed livelihood kits to small enterprises in Pampanga to expose the presence of furniture and guitar manufacturers in the area.

BARMM Lawmaker Seeks Creation Of Reg’l PopCom Office

A parliament member from the governance in Muslim Mindanao wants to build an organization dealing with population management to monitor and manage the population growth in the province.

Cultural Dances, Landscaping Tilt Kick Off Panagbenga On February 1

During this upcoming Panagbenga festival, visitors can expect cultural performances, a traditional market, and landscaping competitions during the cultural event.

Farmers Reap Benefits Of Citronella Facility In Bukidnon

The Department of Science and Technology announced that the citronella processing facility in Bukidnon is now fully operational and benefitting farmers and indigenous people in the province.