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Baguio City joins rites for Int’l Day of PWDs
by PIO release

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the city will join the celebration of the International Day of PWDs on Dec. 3 through a series of activities.

John Paredes, president of the Baguio City Federation of PWDs, said the annual worldwide celebration is geared towards empowering PWDS to continue playing an active role in the communities where they belong and for the public to understand the plight of PWDs wanting to contribute their individual and collective efforts in the society.

Paredes said the annual celebration of the International Day of PWDs started in 1992 through the efforts of international organizations like the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, World Health Organisation, and the Unesco considering that the PWD sector was the last among the world’s marginalized sector to be given international recognition.

Among the activities that were lined up by the federation and the PWD Affairs Office (PDAO) include a parade from Upper Session Road, an exhibit at the City Hall lobby, trainings on PWD sensitivity, and provision of services by PWDs to the public.

“We believe that Baguio is one of the (PWD) friendly cities in the country although there are still numerous issues confronting the PWDs and the compliance of the private and public sectors to the welfare of PWDs,” Paredes said.

He said this year’s International Day of PWDs celebration in the city will be considered a milestone because of the putting in place of the local government of the PDAO that will oversee the welfare and affairs of PWDs that had long been marginalized.

He said the federation and the PDAO are jointly working on the crafting of short, medium and long-term programs that will continue to uplift the status of the PWDs and for the PWDs to be recognized as part of society where they can contribute to the growth and development of the communities where they belong.

Aside from the visually impaired groups, other PWD associations who will be joining this year’s celebration of the International Day of PWDs include the physically impaired persons and the hearing impaired ones who will be showcasing their skills and talents during the events lined up for their annual gathering.

Paredes urged the public to watch the parade of PWDs and patronize the products of different PWD groups that will be displayed at the City Hall lobby.


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