36th NDPR fete, a success in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 July 2014 14:22

The observance of the 36th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week in Zamboanga City from July 17-23 was a resounding success, as thousands of   persons with disabilities (PWDs) took part in the different activities lined up for the event.

Dedicated to Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic, who was born on July 23, 1864, the weeklong celebration was themed: “Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan:  Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran.”

The Regional Committee on Disabilities Affairs (RCDA) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office attributed the success of the activity to the combined efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs, City Government of Zamboanga and the Zamboanga Disabilities Alliance.

The opening event kicked off with a motorcade around the city and a program at the City Coliseum in Tetuan and was graced by Mayor Beng Climaco together as well as Department of Education officials, teachers and students from as far as Ayala and Curuan, Special Education Schools and Department of Health.

The showcase of talents and skills of the PWD sector through a signing competition, essay writing and extemporaneous speech tilts organized by the Gender and Development was the highlight of the second day of the celebration. The winners in each of the categories will be competing in the national and even international levels on December 3 during the observance of International Persons with Disabilities Day.

Other successful events were the following:  the Filipino Sign Language Seminar, the National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities in all Commission on Elections (COMELEC) local offices and  the Entrepreneurship Seminar by the Department of Trade and Industry ((DTI) together with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Department of Agriculture (DA). — Rosanna Villanueva/Henry Salac