LAOAG CITY — Provincial social welfare and development officer Corazon Lillian Celia Rin urged the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to monitor the implementation of Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 and other laws promoting the welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Also known as “An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons,” the law requires certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices, which cater to PWDs.
Rin admitted that some establishments here lack comfort rooms, priority lanes and other facilities for PWDs.
“We must always recognize the rights and benefits of our PWDs whether it be access to transportation, health and education,” Rin said during the sensitivity training for frontliners of PWDs held on July 25, 2016 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium.
The event is in line with the celebration of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with the theme “Karapatan ng Maykapansanan, Isakatuparan…Now na!”
Almost 100 participants including municipal social welfare officers, Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center personnel, representatives from PWD organizations, DILG, Ilocos Norte Provincial Health Office, Land Transportation Office, Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Public Works and Highways, among others, attended the event.
Social workers from the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Bonoan, La Union were invited to discuss topics related to “Understanding the Dynamics of Persons with Disabilities.”
Through this, the provincial government hopes to improve the delivery of services to PWDs across Ilocos Norte and further uphold their welfare in community development.
Based on the latest Census of Population and Housing in 2010, around 9,700 or 1.7 percent of the 567,006 household population in Ilocos Norte has disability, wherein 55.1 percent are females and 44.9 percent are males.
Moreover, 1.57 percent of the 92.1 million household population in the Philippines has disability. PNA/northboundasia.com