LGU, DSWD lead 11th women with disabilities day fete Print
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:36

The City Government of Zamboanga and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 9 (DSWD – RO9) on Monday led the activities relative to the observance of the 11th Women with Disabilities Day.

The observance is in line with Proclamation 744 and based on the DILG issued Memorandum Circular No. 2015 -23 dated March 04, 2015.

The proclamation declares the last Monday of March of every year as “Women with Disabilities Day.”  The theme of this year’s celebration “Juanang May Kapansanan, Kapasyahan Mo ay Mahalaga sa Bayan!”

The activities included a forum to assess the rights of women with disabilities set at Cecille’s Catering and pension house in Tumaga organized by the DSWD-9 and the Persons with Disabilities Unit (PDAU) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office. It is believed that Women with Disabilities Day espouse the importance of ensuring respect for women PWDs’ inherent dignity, full and effective participation and inclusion in society and equality between them and men.

PDAU this year, cites one successful Woman with Disability in the person of Rowena Nunag Gregorio, 32, of Pasay, San Roque in this city.

Gregorio graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) School Year 2003 – 2004 and is now working at the Brent Hospital & Colleges Inc. as a Caregiver Course instructor.

Gregorio is orthopedically disabled which was caused by a motorcycle accident with her husband on May 22, 2009. The tragedy happened when the motorcycle, driven by her husband, collided with a 10-wheeler truck. Her legs were pinned down by the truck that required the amputation of both legs.

Despite her disability, Gregorio remains to have a positive outlook in life. She does not regard her disability as an issue not only because of the strong support from family and friends but due to her strong faith in the Almighty. “I believe that God has other plans for me and that he is guiding me to fulfill my mission as part of the PWD sector,” she declared. — Henry Salac