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Filipino PWDs this March 2019

Amidst the current government measure providing mandatory health coverage1 to persons with disabilities (PWDs), the US State Department has reported in its annual human rights report2 that the latter “continued to face discrimination” in 2018 since the policy crafted by the National Council for Disability Affairs that same year to help them “was not effectively enforced”.

It pointed the inaccessibility of public buildings, limited transportation access, separate education centers, lack of a clear system to inform parents of PWDs with their educational rights, lack of a well-defined procedure for reporting discrimination in education, lack of offices dedicated for PWDs in 40% local government units, and discrimination in hiring and employment.

The US State Department seemed to forget to note, though, about the Mental Health Law (Republic Act 11036) signed into law in June 20, 2018. It will integrate mental health services, promote mental health services, protect the people who availed those services, establish a mental health council in the country, and prohibit discrimination against PWDs.

In any case, this month, the province of Camarines Norte has drafted its “Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP)” for the next five years. The Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has also donated a 29-seater Toyota Coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC). Novels, textbooks, and other printed materials currently limited in distribution and production by copyright law were secured by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for more than three million visually-impaired Filipinos.

Occupational therapy was also legislated recently. Entitled “Philippine Occupational Therapy Law of 2018” (Republic Act 11241), it has sought to create the Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy, which will issue or cancel registration and licenses for the practice of occupational therapy.

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” ~ Muhammad Ali

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the CNN Philippines

1The health coverage—mandated in the Republic Act 11228—will be under the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) National Health Insurance Program.

2The “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018” was produced by the US State Department on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states since 1977.

Preparing for the 2020 Para Games

The Philippines has started preparing to be among the Top 3 winners in the upcoming 2020 ASEAN Para Games in Manila.

“We’re preparing of course for the eventual 2020 hosting of the ASEAN Para Games,” Team Para Philippines chef de mission Francis “Kiko” Diaz was quoted saying in an article.

“Every time we engage and are given an opportunity to play in an international competition, dapat mahigitan na ang past performance natin so ‘pag gano’n thinking, hanggang No. 1, puwede natin makuha,” he added.

The Philippines has been ranked 11th place in this year’s para games with 10 gold medals from chess player Sander Severino and swimmer Ernie Gawilan.

It “leaped” from 23rd place in the 2014 ASEAN Para Games in Incheon.

“We’re looking at grassroots development. We need to improve on some younger players coming in, women coming in, other disability groups that have to be better represented,” shared Michael Barredos, president of the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC), in the same article.

“It’s going to be a challenge because we will need close to about 200 athletes in the ASEAN Para Games we will host.”

Eleven Southeast Asian countries would be competing for 16 sports in the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in Manila then.

Having said that, the PPC organized “Sports Without Borders,” a series of orientations on paralympic sports with a goal of attracting differently-abled Filipinos into sports.

“I think with this accomplishment and achievement [the national para athletes] have done, [they] will be able to show to all Filipinos that people with disabilities are to be looked at not for their disabilities, but for their abilities,” Barredos added.

“We showed that Asian athletes showed inclusion in the area of Asia, and I think in the Philippines, they have just proven that through sports we can make this an inclusive society.” ~ Michael Barredos

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