Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled

The Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD) had been organized in 1949 and was registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 10, 1950.

It was launched as a rehabilitation movement that became the first local organization to be affiliated with the Rehabilitation International (RI), a global network that empowers the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) founded in 1922.

The PFRD had hosted the Second International Conference on Legislation Concerning the Disabled where the former president Ferdinand Marcos signed the Presidential Decree No. 1509 and established the National Commission Concerning Disabled Persons (NCCDP).

That changed, however, during the administration of President Corazon Aquino. The NCCDP was restructured and reorganized into the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP). It was later renamed as the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) mandated to check if the laws* protecting the civil and political rights of the PWDs in the country are really implemented, and then transferred to the Office of the President of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Continuing On

But the PFRD retained its identity.

It launched the Apolinario Mabini Awards to recognize annually the individuals, groups, and agencies who have contributed in rehabilitating and promoting PWDs. It also began the Philympics, a national sports competition for PWDs integrating sports and rehabilitation.

Parents who deny that they neglect to intervene in the development of their children with disabilities were trained regularly by the PFRD as well. It has disseminated 3,551 wheelchairs to date with the help of both government and non-government organizations.

As of this writing, the PFRD has “redirected its policies and strategies to effectively accomplish its primary mission of promoting rehabilitation against a backdrop of unfavorable social and economic conditions.”

“PFRD has the distinction of being the oldest non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for the last 59 years to address the needs of disabled persons.” ~ From the PFRD website

*These are the Republic Act 7277 (Magna Carta for Disabled Persons), Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 (Accessibility Law), Republic Act 6759 (White Cane Act), and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 159 (Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Disability).

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