Kahil elected World Blind Union Secgen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 11:49

By DOMINIC I. SANCHEZ

Teddy Kahil, a Zamboangueño advocate for the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs) was recently elected as the Secretary General of the World Blind Union (WBU) for the Asia Pacific Region in an assembly held in Orlando, Florida earlier this week.

In his Facebook profile, Kahil expressed his gratitude to the delegates of the WBU for their support.

“My sincere gratitude to the leaders of the various organizations of the different countries within the Asia Pacific region for electing me as the new Secretary General,” Kahil said.

Kahil, who is visually-impaired has been a lifelong advocate of PWD rights and a recipient of the prestigious Apolinario Mabini award. He has been serving with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in region 9. He is also the concurrent president of the Philippine Blind Union (PBU) and of the Regional PWDs association.

Now, as president of the international body, Kahil is tasked to push for the rights of the visually-impaired, particularly “pushing for the ratification of MARRAKESH Treaty” to    Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities.

“This is not an easy task but I will try to do the best I can,” he said.

Kahil was preceeded as president by Ho Tuck Choy of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)