Koronadal City conducts free health check-up for PWDs
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 29 (PIA) — More than a hundred Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) benfited from the city’s free medical consultations in celebration of the 42nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week.
The celebration adopts the theme “Kalinga at Malasakit Tugon para sa mga Taong may Kapansanan sa Panahon ng Pandemyang COVID-19” which revolves on understanding the needs and capabilities of PWDs and the provision of medical support amidst the crisis due to COVID-19.
According to Architect Ramonito Octaviano, Persons with Disabilities Office (PDAO) Head, the City of Koronadal was among the first to launch a project in this year’s event, which directly served its constituents.
Apart from the free consultation, Octaviano added that the activity intends to provide medical certificate—a requirement in securing a PWD ID— to the identified PWDs in the city who have not yet obtained their IDs.
Furthermore, Octaviano revealed that their office will inspect establishments and offices which are not compliant with Batas Pambansa 344 or the Accessibility Law— an act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices.
The official also noted that they set to propose for the provision of mobility aids to PWDs in the city.
The city government also gave food packs containing 10 kilos of rice and grocery items in support of the launching of the said activity.
The NDPR Week is celebrated every third week of July under Proclamation No. 361 signifying the birthday of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini on July 23, whose exemplary and heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution has dramatically influenced the declaration and observance of the disability prevention and rehabilitation which essentially, has become an icon for PWDs. (MPJJavellana-Koronadal CIO/ORVR)