Elsha Marie B. Soriano
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –To enhance the mobility of some 30 persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Pangasinan, the provincial government has provided them with assistive devices.
The distribution of assistive devices like wheelchairs, crutches and adult walkers were personally handed over by Governor Amado Espino III and Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Officer Emilio Samson to the PWD-beneficiaries who attended the PWD Sensitivity Training held recently at the President Hotel here.
The event was in observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in July.
Espino said the provision of assistive technologies is a way to help the PWDs and their families as it is the provincial government’s focus since the past administration.
“Let us do our best to other people especially PWDs if we are able,” he said appealing to representatives from the education and private sectors who also participated in the training.
Judith Cabillo, PSWDO focal person on NPDR, said the 30 assistive devices comprise only the first batch of distribution but their office is still set to distribute and deliver the remaining 153 assistive devices right at the doorsteps of other PWD-recipients.
Aside from the assistive devices, the provincial government also awarded cash incentives to PWDs who participated in the Philippine Sports for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) – National Paralympic Games held last March.
Winners received cash incentives amounting to P8,000 for gold medalists, P6,000 for silver medalists, and P4,000 for bronze medalists while non-winners received P2, 000 each.
Pangasinan PWDs competed in meter relay, shot put, javelin throw, discus throw, high jump, chess, power lifting, bowling and tennis.
Based on the Convention on the Rights of PWDs, 10 percent of the world population live with disability while based on records of the PSWDO, at least 10,039 Pangasinense are registered as PWDs. (JNDP/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)