City, DSWD ink MOA for PWDs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 April 2016 13:20

The local government of Zamboanga and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday forged a partnership which is set to benefit and uplift the persons with disability (PWD) sector in five pilot barangays.

Mayor Beng Climaco and DSWD officials signed the Memorandum of Agreement which formalized the partnership between the local government and the DSWD for the Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for Persons with Disability.

In simple ceremonies at City Hall, the chief executive said that the local government fully supports the protection, upliftment, and inclusion of PWDs in the City. She further expressed her commitment to ensure the City’s compliance with the accessibility law.

“We are accepting the challenge. We want to show that Zamboanga City will be a more PWD-friendly City,” she said.

Present during the MOA signing ceremony were DSWD IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Consejo Usman, Official Representative of Persons with Disability Sector for Zamboanga City Teddy Kahil, President of the Zamboanga City Federation of Persons with Disability Kerwin Serrano, PWD participants, and barangay officials.

Under the MOA, the program will be rolled out in the five pilot barangays of Mampang, Taluksangay, Arena Blanco, Sangali, and Labuan. These barangays will be the recipient of monitoring as well as enhanced social protection projects and activities for PWDs.

Marilyn B. Moral of the Social Technology Bureau from the DSWD Central Office that the CARe-ABLE intends to make a change in the lives of PWDs. It is implemented in two regions in the country, Region V and Region IX, and Moral hopes that the Zamboanga City pilots will provide the best model for scale-up and replication of the program.

Moral noted that the selection of Zamboanga City as a beneficiary was because of the strong support exhibited by the local government and barangay leaders to its PWDs and its program. — Jasmine Mohammadsali