LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, July 20 (PIA) — The observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week this year focuses on the right of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to full employment.
Anchored on the theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development,” this year’s celebration seeks to contribute and promote extensive utilization of PWDs.
It also aims to tackle barriers and gaps, facilitate stakeholders’ cooperation, develop innovative approaches and support human rights-based initiatives for their economic development.
The celebration which opened here on Monday, included activities such as an advocacy campaign, distribution of wheelchairs to identified beneficiaries and wheelchair assessment orientation.
Emilio Samson, chief of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said the provincial government encouraged employers to observe equality and non-discrimination in hiring PWDs in a quest for equitable progress for everyone.
He added that several qualified PWDs are presently working in various departments of the provincial Capitol, receiving the same compensation and privileges like able-bodied provincial employees do.
Meanwhile, the PSWDO held exhibition games, literary contest and livelihood fair for PWDs at SM Rosales today.
On July 26, the Provincial Employment and Services Office (PESO), in partnership with PESO managers in all local government units and Area-1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center, will hold an Employers and PESO Managers’ Forum at the Capitol Café in this town.
The National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week is celebrated every third week of July based on Proclamation No. 1870 issued on June 22, 1979 to encourage PWDs to take pro-active roles in nation building. (ANL/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO)