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Filipino PWDs this April 2019

Being able to study in an environment that allows persons with disabilities (PWDs) study alongside their non-PWD counterparts would mean nothing if PWDs wouldn’t even be able to exercise their right: their right to suffrage.
Yet “there were still some cases where PWDs go home without casting their votes due to inaccessibility of some polling areas or lack of assistance from election board officers,” commented Dr. Maureen Mata from the Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP) in a report.
This has been evident during the 2018 barangay elections.
May kakulangan po talaga sa Comelec. Kulang na kulang po. Parang nakikita namin, 1 percent of the 100 percent that we are expecting from the government agency para ma-implement ‘yung mga patakaran,” she added.
As per the Comelec’s initial data, 270,082 PWDs and senior citizens registered to vote in 6,709 accessible clustered precincts in all regions nationwide, except for the Ilocos Region.
There are also 867 emergency accessible polling places (EAPPs) in NCR, CAR, Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VII, and VII.

“Ang karapatan ng pagboto ay hindi magiging totoo habang ang mga magaaral na may kapansanan ay nakikipag-laban araw-araw sa isang kapaligiran na hindi siya kasali.” ~Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the ABS-CBN News 

Note: During the 2016 national elections, an act that authorized Comelec to establish accessible polling places (APPs) for PWDs and senior citizens– Republic Act 10366–was implemented. It led PWD groups to dub the said election as the “first disability-inclusive elections in the history of the Philippines.”

Marching for Filipino PWDs

Even with their limited physical conditions, two persons with disabilities have still tried to let other persons with disabilities live better.

Michael Schreiner, the former head coach of the Thailand National Wheelchair Basketball Team, has headed a sports clinic for 35 PWDS. He used to be an athlete himself when he got into an accident that disabled the lower part of his body. Schreiner has conducted the sports clinic with John Paul Maunes, executive officer of the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) Inc.

Born with visual impairment, Amalia Decena has advocated for free medical care and treatment to PWDs. She has thought of this upon experiencing a “deprivation” herself: her impairment was only discovered when she was already four years old because her family was not able to bring her to the hospital. Today, she has partnered with the Tahanang Walang Hagdan and the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation to give free operations on the cataract, cleft palate, and club foot. Prostheses devices, canes, and wheelchairs were also distributed for free.

In the meantime, two non-PWDs have expressed support for those with disabilities through adapting the plan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Office of Civil Defense. Benito Bengzon Jr., undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning of the Department of Tourism (DOT), has pledged to develop infrastructures for a barrier-free travel experience in the Philippines; while Andrew Alex Uy, regional director in the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera (OCDCAR), has conducted a one-day training on disaster preparedness for the PWDs in Buguias, Bokod, Atok, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Tuba, Tublay, Mankayan, and Itogon.

Disability does not mean inability.” ~ Andrew Alex Uy

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of clnsnts