Zambo PWDs merge to strengthen sector PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:47

To further unify and strengthen their sector, 3 groups of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the city decided to merge into one in answer to the provisions of City Ordinance 354.

The three groups that joined forces into one unified group are the Zamboanga Federacion del Organisacion de Disabilidad (CZFOD), the Regional Federation of Disabilities IX (RFD IX) and the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Unit (PDAU) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office—which will now serve as the “eyes and ears” in monitoring the programs and services implemented for their sector.

The group is now preoccupied with the preparation for the so-called PWD Master Plan for the next 3 years.

Meanwhile, the PWD sector is now fever pitch in its preparations for the forthcoming training entitled “Public Speaking for Persons with Disabilities” on September 19-21 at Hotel Perlita.  The training aims to enhance the participants’ communication skills—both writing and verbal.

Another training is set for Sept. 27-28 at the Alavar Seafoods House in Tetuan, this time in connection with Batasan Pambansa Bilang 344 otherwise known as the Accessibility Law with Wheelchair Assessorship Module for PWDs, building officials, owners/operators and other duty bearers. The activity is intended to sensitize building owners/operators regarding their obligation; to empower the PWD sector about their right relating thereto and to provide training on wheelchair assessment. 

On the other hand, the PWD sector in the city and the region take pride in the recent conferment of PDAU head Teddy Kahil as “Outstanding Visually Impaired: Community Service Award” for his exemplary performance and active involvement as a representative of the PWD group making a difference in the lives of his fellow blind in Zamboanga through his active leadership skills in managing an organization that provides gainful employment to the visually impaired masseurs.

Kahil’s award was conferred by the Department of Education in Manila in August last year.

In addition, Kahil is also known as the father of the city’s Persons with Disability Affairs Unit (PDAU), which remains to this day the only one throughout Mindanao. Kahil lobbied for the passage of City Ordinance 354, series of 2009 that created the PDAU unit that made the dreams and aspirations of the PWDs come into reality.

Henry Salac, PWD media coordinator said one can only imagine how the visually challenged individuals use their ears for seeing and the hearing impaired individuals (deaf mute) use their hands for communicating through sign language. “But we remind the public that the persons with disabilities do not need pity but what we need is support and understanding”. — PDAU release