Friday, July 28, 2017

BFPDI to mark a milestone in 
PWD rights advocacy in 2017

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 28, (PIA)--Bohol Federation of Persons with Disability Incorporated (BFPDI) is much hopeful that they would be marking a new milestone in advancing the rights of the disabled this year. 

BFPDI through its founder Mateo Quilas bared at the Kapihan sa PIA that they have now reached a good 70% in engaging town persons with disabilities to come out and register, and are hoping that they can cover all Bohol towns before the year ends. 

At this, the organization which is led by a multi-awarded sight impaired organizer and "visionary" is now coordinating with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) to get them to the remaining towns with either inactive organizations of persons with disabilities (PWDs) or have not organized themselves, Quilas said. 

During the Kapihan sa PIA dedicated to help promote the rights of the PWDs and drumbeat on the province-wide activities commemorating the National Disaster Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, Quilas also urged local officials to allow the full participation of PWDs in deliberation of budgets.

According to Section 29 of the General Appropriations Act mandates that at least 1% of a local government unit's Internal Revenue Allotment should be allocated to senior citizens and disable persons. 

Section 31 of the same GAA also mandates the construction of facilities and infrastructure for the use of the PWDs. 

Quilas stressed that it would be better if PWDs were part in the deliberation of the 1% allocation as there are certainly more important PWD needs that needs to be prioritized than those decided by LGUs. 

On the other hand, the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development has organized, trained and appointed focal PWD point persons in the towns to further advance and bring up the issues and concerns of PWDS in the larger scales, according to Angelina Torregosa. 

Other than organizing to bring their concerns to bigger discussions, the BFDPI move also facilitates the inventory of persons needing occupational and physical therapies, skills trainings for livelihood and children who might need stimulation and therapeutic exercises to get them to the mainstream, added Glygen Nistal. 

Nistal works as occupational and physical therapist at the Bohol Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC), a Bohol PLGU adopted project to rehabilitate children from 0-12 years old. 

A project it adopted from an NGO called Breaking barriers for Children and Youth, Bohol PLGU has since opened up STAC in Tubigon, Ubay, Batuan and Jagna while one more is now finalized for establishment in Danao, Nistal said. 

STAC establishment would soon allow free physical and occupational therapies, special program for education (SPED), medical and physical check-ups for kids with signs of physical and mental impairment, along with supplemental feeding programs. 

With a good number of testimonies from problematic kids who have now been into the mainstream, STAC assured LGUS that if they intend to open up STACs, they with the OPSWD can provide the needed training to operate and manage the Center, as their help to LGUS. 

Those interested LGUS to set up their local disability rehabilitation and therapeutic center can contact STAC Bohol located behind the LTO in Tagbilaran. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Bohol Federation of Persons with Disabilities says this year's completion of the physical inventory of PWDs prior to crafting of programs that would address their needs and enhance their skills. the inventory would also give the data on children needing rehabilitation and therapies, according to STAC Bohol. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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