ZCHS Main SPED celebrates 2013 NDPR Week PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 August 2013 11:13

The Zamboanga City High School (Main) Special Education (SPED) Class in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-9) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and other LGUs and non-government organizations led the celebration of the 35th National Disability Prevention and rehabilitation Week from July 17-23, 2013.

The NDPR Week is commemorated annually every July 17-23, primarily to raise public awareness on disability issues. It celebrates the birthdate of Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic and “Brain of the Revolution,” and one of the country’s foremost heroes in the struggle for the Philippine Independence first  and against Spain, and the United States.

The NDPR annual celebration was declared through Presidential Proclamation no. 361 s. 2000 and Administrative Order no. 35 s. 2002, which urged all government and non-government organizations to promote and conduct relevant activities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

This year’s theme is “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for PWDs. The theme also advocates for the mainstreaming of disability agenda to government agencies, non-government y and organizations, civil society and the public in general.

The 35th NDPR celebration kicked-off on July 15, 2013 with flag raising ceremony at the ZCHS Main Campus and hanging of streamers. Series of activities were lined up for the week-long celebration, including a motorcade that was headed by the City Social welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). There were some 500 people in attendance mostly SPED students coming from the different SPED schools/centers here in Zamboanga City Division. The motorcade ended at the Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum in Tetuan, where the opening program was held. The Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Julieto Fernandez delivered the opening remarks. Inspirational message was given by Councilor, Noning Biel, representing Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar. The forwarding message was given by the DSWD Director, FO-IX/RCDA Chairperson, Dr. Zenaida Arevalo.  ZCHS School Principal IV, Dr. Felisa I. Munar, acknowledged all the participants especially the participating agencies present during the affair.

Teddy Kahil, PBU National President and Mrs. Rossana L. Villanueva, ZCHS SPED Coordinator/PRID Interpreter, acted as the Master of Ceremonies and Sign Language Interpreter respectively.  The select ZCHS SPED students performed a Praise Dance Interpretation; and together with their SPED teachers, they interpreted the Zamboanga Hermosa Hymn through sign language.  Children and youth with disabilities from the different Schools and organizations also amazed the audience with their exceptional talents.

Other events highlighted were press conference and SPED Day Camp, held on July 18, 2013. Those SPED pupils/students who were suspected to have Learning Disabilities were given a Psychological/IQ Test on July 19, 2013 at the Zamboanga Medical Center; and PWD Forum was held at the Garden Orchid Hotel. The forum was sponsored by the city Human Resource Office and Gender Awareness and Development (GAD). The Technical Eduacation and skills Development Authority (TESDA) sponsored a three-day Skills Training on Hand/Foot SPA and Facial treatment for 25 ZCHS SPED hearing impaired students  and other PWD adults on July 18, 22 and 23, 2013 at the ZCHS SPED Room.

The closing ceremony of the 2013 NDPR Week celebration was also held at the ZCHS SPED Room on August 23. Among the highlights of the activity was the awarding of the training certificates to PWD participants who actively completed the training cum employment on Hand/Foot SPA and Facial treatment.

The weeklong celebration aimed to create advocacy and awareness about equality between and among persons with and without disabilities when it comes to participation in political, cultural and social life as they rally toward the establishment of an inclusive and barrier-free society.