DavOr charts out development plan for PWD sector

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Province of Davao Oriental—To ensure that People with Disabilities (PWD) get utmost benefit from government programs and services, a Provincial Stakeholders’ Forum on Disability-Inclusive Development was held Thursday, July 10, aiming to chart out a comprehensive development plan for the PWD sector.

Initiated by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the forum which hopes to promote the rights of PWD, convened local government units, provincial offices and national line agencies, to ensure that the PWD sector is included in development policies and programs.

“We need to create a more responsive environment for PWD, who are often left out in the society without much access to many services,” said PWD Focal Person for Region XI, Cynthia Umbaña.

During the forum, the participants collectively identified several issues and concerns covering the area of infrastructures, livelihood and employment opportunities.

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In terms of infrastructures, the NCDA highlighted the importance of establishing local structures such as the Provincial Disability Affairs Office of Persons with Disabilities (PDAO) in the province as well as in all LGUs and to organize the Provincial Access Monitoring Teams.

Yvette Sunga, Provincial Director of the Department of Interior Local Government, also emphasized the establishment of PWD-specialized structures such as ramps, accessibility lanes, special comfort rooms, among other facilities in public structures and government buildings.

Setting up of an Employment, Livelihood and Training Committee and Advocacy was also identified necessary for empowering this critical group for a sustainable livelihood. Agencies concerned for this area include among others, the DOLE, DTI, and TESDA.

A result of the national government’s international commitment of fully realizing the Rights for PWD, the forum is directed through Presidential Proclamation 688 declaring 2013-2022 as the Philippine Decade of “make the right real” for persons with disabilities in support of the 3rd Asian and Pacific decade of persons with disabilities.

This commitment recognizes the government’s important role as main stakeholders and stewards for these rights to lead by example and ensure that government services and programs are fully inclusive of people with disabilities.  PIO

 

 

 

 

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