City’s PDAU unit gears for NDPR week Jul 17-23 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:44

The City’s Persons with Disabilities Affairs Unit (PDAU) is now preparing a series of activities in line with the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week Celebration on July 17-23, 2011.

The PDAU is a component unit of the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Mr. Francisco Barredo which is tasked to look into the affairs of the physically challenged sector in the City pursuant to City Ordinance 354 such as overseeing the activities to be carried out in relevant celebration and observance like the NDPR.
This year’s celebration themed “Making the Rights for Filipinos with Disabilities”, aims to stimulate awareness on disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of government and non-government organizations including self-help organizations or persons with disabilities, academe, professional groups and societies, local government units (LGUs), business sector, media and other entities of the society.

It also intends to serve as the vehicle of information of programs implemented by government and non-government organizations that adhere to the promotion of the inherent rights of persons with disabilities; to encourage the Filipino citizens to take active responsibility on the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of the persons with disabilities and to develop and strengthen cooperation and partnership between and among various sectors of the society for understanding issues and concerns on disability.

Zamboanga is the first City in the Region to have established the PDAU. Since the administration of Mayor Caling Lobregat even until now under the leadership of Mayor Celso Lobregat, the City Government have been very supportive to the PWDs in the City which are organized through a group called “Katipunan ng may Kapansanan sa Zamboanga” (KAMZA) with Moises Carreon, as its founder.

In the same development, the Department of interior and Local Government issued a memorandum addressing all local government executives to observe said celebration thru but not limited to: hanging of streamers in conspicuous places relative to the event, Holy Mass celebration, jobs fair, cultural show, poster making contest for PWDs, family fun day for PWDs, medical/dental mission, livelihood exhibits and access to local radio & television programs.

In the national setting, this year’s celebration will be capped by the First Philippine Music Festival for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on July 23-the same date that marks the birth of the Filipino political philosopher and architect of the Philippine revolution Apolinario Mabini better known as the “Sublime Paralytic.”

The culminating festival, which shall be participated mainly by PWDs, will be done at the Skydome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City from 3:00-7:00 p.m. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO