SAN JOSE, Antique, Sept. 13 (PIA) - - Former National Council for Disability Affairs Executive Officer Carmen R. Zubiaga, a staunch advocate of the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs), is pushing for the profiling and organization of PWDs at the barangay level to ensure nobody will be left out.
She emphasized that the organization and profiling of PWDs is a must in barangays so they will be included in the programs and services of the local government units.
The conduct of Disability Inclusive Development Orientation is also suggested for local officials and heads of offices so the local government units (LGUs) and respective government offices could mainstream the concerns of PWDs in their programs and services.
Zubiaga was the guest speaker during the observance of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week of the Municipal Government of San Jose recently at the Binirayan, Gym, San Jose.
Mayor Elmer Untaran likewise reiterated his all-out support to the programs and services to PWDs including the creation of the Municipal PWD Affairs Office (PDAO).
Under the leadership of PDA Officer Amie Dava, the Municipality of San Jose has profiled more than 1,300 members of "Asosasyon ng mga may Kapansanan sa Munisipalidad ng San Jose, Antique" or AKMA covering all 28 barangays of the town.
Untaran is firm in his commitment that the services should be brought to the barangays where the PWDs are located.
He likewise called on the drug stores to give discounts to PWD cardholders as provided under the law and express lanes in offices, stores and other institutions with whom PWDs transact business.
The program for NDPR Week celebration of the Municipality of San Jose also included motorcade along the major thoroughfares of San Jose, holy mass officiated by Father Fortunato Abiera and general assembly of PWDs.
Members of AKMA attended the event with students and teachers of Antique Integrated School, Municipal and ProvincialDisability Affairs Council and Sangguniang Bayan Joanne Amor Dolor of San Jose. (PSM/PIA-Antique)