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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

New Vois Association of the Philippines

In March 2007, the Philippine Laryngectomee Club (PLC) decided to do something more than it had envisioned when it established itself 11 years ago.

It would not just support those with throat cancer but those with speech impairments as well. It would conduct esophageal speech training for people with disabilities (PWDs) in Quezon City.

An ex-officio member of the Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy), the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) has been involved in monitoring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It assists in implementing Republic Act 10070 and Executive Order 417.

Last July 19, 2010, the NVAP rallied to raise awareness on the violations of the Magna Carta of the Disabled Persons (Republic Act 9442), specifically on the granting of the 20% discount on medical purchases. It led to several other lobbying activities at the House of Representatives and impelled the Mercury Drugstore Corp. to grant the said discount on March 1, 2011.

The NVAP also chaired the International Disability Day last December 3, 2010. It is also the one presiding over the annual Freedom Walk activity since June 2011.

“The event is dubbed the ‘Freedom Walk’ as a way for the PWD sector to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. This is also an expression of their desire to be free from shackles of discrimination, inequalities and poverty,” Captain Oscar Taleon, president of AKAP-Pinoy, was reported saying.

The Freedom Walk is usually participated in by the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the House of Representatives Committee on Social Services, the Department of Health (DOH), the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Among the other non-government organizations (NGOs) that would also take part are the Philippine Academy on Rehab Medicine, the Philippine Federation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD), the Philippine Association of Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, the Autism Society of the Philippines, the Philippine Blind Union, the (AKAP-Pinoy), as well as the SM Disability Affairs Program. (Photo from the NVAP Facebook Page)

“NVAP activities revolve around the following three main issues: (1) cancer support and rehabilitation of speech-impaired PWDs, (2) tobacco control advocacy, and (3) persons with disabilities advocacy.” ~From the NVAP website

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the UPMMS Publicity