DPR Week celebration in LU focuses on training PWD’s service providers

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 17 (PIA) — The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) came up with series of training and lectures catering to frontliners or service providers for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in celebration of the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.

The NDPR Week will be held July 17-23 with the theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development,” said Elnora dela Cuesta, social welfare officer and the provincial focal person for disability affairs.

The theme aims to contribute and promote full employment of PWDs and to tackle barriers and gaps, facilitate stakeholders’ cooperation, develop innovative approaches and support human rights-based initiatives for their economic development.

As early as July 3, a focus group discussion was conducted by the NCDA, initiated by the La Union Provincial Committee on Social Affairs enjoining all the Sangguniang Bayan members who are in-charge of social services, held at the Diego Silang Hall, Provincial Capitol, this city.

The provincial government of La Union will also be conducting training on Wheelchair Assessment which will take place on July 18 and 19, in cooperation with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It will be held at the DOH Conference Room with two representative-participants from each of the city and municipal social welfare and development offices.

The health department said, this training is conducted because wheelchair is not a good device for use by PWDs unless they have been assessed by physicians to be physically in need of one, Dela Cuesta added.

As a yearly activity, Dela Cuesta said that the Department of Education – Special Education program is partnering with the agencies like the Philippine National Police, DOH and local government units like the PGLU in conducting Advance Sign Language Training for the Deaf with various municipal social workers, PNP Women’s Desk Officers and medical social workers from the different District Hospitals in the province as participants.

Dela Cuesta said that the training aims to assist action officers in dealing or communicating with people with hearing problems. (JCR/MPA-PIA1 La Union)

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