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On PADS-Cebu

During the 9th Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival held at Pier 10 of the Central Harbour in Hong Kong, the PADS Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team won in the 400-meter standard boat international paradragon division. It topped during the first heat of the race at 1:35 and during the second heat at 1:33.913.

The team bested 160 other teams consisting of 4,500 athletes from all over the world to rule the event for the second year in a row. The second place went to Hong Kong’s Golden Eagle while the third place went to Taiwan’s NAAC Top Brilliances Dragon Boat Team.

It wasn’t the first time the Philippine Accessibility Disability Services (PADS) brought victory to the country in dragon boat racing. The team, which was headed by JP Ecarma Maunes, is composed of 14 men and four women that are either blind, deaf, or amputees. In June 5, 2017, it already competed in the said carnival against teams from Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and Singapore. It won in the final round by seven seconds.

Like other organizations dedicated to PWDs, PADS aims to “enable the PWD community to grow and develop as independent, integrated, fully human and empowered citizens in society” through promoting social inclusion and human rights of PWDs. It has succeeded to (1) increase the participation of the PWD in Filipino electoral and governance processes, (2) educate communities on PWD human rights, and (3) develop opportunities to promote Filipino Sign Language 12 years after it has started.

“We dedicate this victory to the plight of thousands of Filipinos with disabilities. We also want to dedicate this triumph to the Filipinos in Hong Kong who took care of the needs of the team, took a stand to leave their day jobs, and cheered side by side with the team. May this win uplift their hearts and national pride.” ~ PADS

Notes:

  1. The 9th Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival happened last June 22 to 24. It was organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.
  2. The other teams include those from Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macau and Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, and the United States.

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of MyTV Cebu

UPDATE (August 26, 2018): The Cebu-based Philippine Accessible Disability Services (Pads) Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team have been recommended by the City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission to be this year’s recipient of the Modern Day Hero Award.

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Ha Noi & Dong Nai

In Vietnam, there are two cities where Vietnamese with disabilities can live their utmost potential: Ha Noi and Dong Nai.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It has “sweeping boulevards, tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas.” Within the city limits is the Daum Kakao Corporation, one of Korea’s leading Internet services providers that has recently opened a centre to train the Vietnamese with disabilities on information technology. A team of volunteers, who are employees of the corporation, will monitor the centre that would be run in cooperation with the Korean International Co-operation Agency (KOICA).  Similar projects have been implemented in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar since 2007.

There are also three disability centers in Hanoi: the Ba Vi Disability Center, the Disabled Children’s Village, and the Centre for International Cooperation and Vietnam Talent Development (CVTD).

Meanwhile, the southeastern province of Vietnam has opened the Dong Nai Sports Center so that its citizens with disabilities can participate in the National Sport Games for People with Disabilities.

Hosted in coordination with the General Department of Sports and Physical Training and the Vietnam Paralympic Association, its goal is to select and train the Vietnamese athletes with physical disabilities for the Asian Paragames in Singapore in December.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” ~ Scott Hamilton

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of The Unbounded Space Project