NCDA issues advisory for the observance of the National Disability and Prevention Week
QUEZON CITY, June 29 (PIA) — The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has issued an advisory for the observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week to all its stakeholders to ensure compliance to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on non-essential mass gatherings or community assemblies in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.
National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) OIC Mateo A. Lee Jr. in the advisory recommended the theme for this year’s observance to be “Together we demonstrate that the rights of children, women, and senior citizens with disabilities to have access to foods, medicines and assistive devices is important to us; Prioritizing it during this COVID 19 pandemic.”
This is pursuant to Article 28 of the UNCRPD, where it outlines the rights of persons with disabilities.
NCDA specifically recommended to all NGOs, organizations of persons with disabilities, Local Government Units (LGUs) and National Government Agencies participating in the NDPR week celebration to develop their advocacy materials and implement activities in support of the theme in accordance with their vision and mission.
Moreover, the NCDA and DSWD Regional Focal Persons on Disability will undertake activities at the LGU level that will highlight the rights of persons with disabilities to have access to food, medicines and assistive devices; to demonstrate inclusion in various ways ensuring that nobody is left behind in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These activities include distribution of food packs to all persons with disabilities, medicines to children with disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities, assistive devices e.g. tablets, pocket WIFI or transistor radios to support children with disabilities in their education during the implementation of the blended learning strategies of the Department of Education,” said Mateo.
All stakeholders who will be participating in the celebration may coordinate with NCDA or DSWD Regional Focal Persons and furnish a copy of their schedule of activities for consolidation and monitoring.
The schedule of the activities during the NDPR celebration will be posted for dissemiation on the NCDA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationalcouncilondisabilityaffairs/
Everyone is reminded that health and safety protocols must be carried out during the community quarantine period in the conduct of NDPR week activities.
The celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 361 declaring the third week of July as the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which shall culminate on the birthdate of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini on July 23 each year. (MALJ/MCG/PIA-IDPD/NCDA)