Addressing the importance of health and wellness in inclusive local development, the local disabled people’s organization (DPO) in Baras, Rizal spearheaded medical missions in the province as part of their celebration of the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.
Conducted last July 22 & 23, the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Association, Incorporated (BFPWDAI) with the local government of Baras gave away free medicines and worked with doctors to provide free medical checkups in Barangay Pinugay and in the town’s gymnasium.
According to BFPWDAI President Angelito Roxas, a total of 274 persons were provided with the medical services on both days. This, according to Roxas, was also the DPO’s first opportunity to conduct a series of medical missions in the province.
The activities coincided with the 37th NDPR week’s theme of “Health and Wellness Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities toward Inclusive Development for All”.
Prior to the medical services, the DPO held a general assembly for the municipality where residents, including persons with disabilities, exercised together. Subsequently, a representative from the Commission on Elections discussed accessible voting for persons with disabilities.
This was the first NDPR week they celebrated since the departure of Handicap International’s REBUILD Project last June.
“We are glad at Handicap International that even though we are not there anymore, the DPO has been relentless in pursuing these kinds of inclusive initiatives,” says Operational Coordinator Yuban Malla.
Lecture on handling persons with disabilities during disasters
Also held during the NDPR week, Handicap International’s team under the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) consortium meanwhile discussed techniques on assisting persons with disabilities during disasters in a workshop helmed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office in Quezon City last July 31.
HI-SURGE Project Officer Verna Emy Pilayre also gave a lecture on the effects of disasters and hazards to persons with disabilities and demonstrated on how to operate their assistive devices or equipment for disaster preparedness.
The workshop was conducted with the goal of conveying the importance of strengthening the resilience of local government units to be more prepared during disasters.