National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week

     In time of the birth anniversary of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, on July 23, the local government unit (LGU) of Talibon celebrated the 30th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week at the Carlos P. Garcia Cultural Center.

      Present during the event were barangay officials, chairmen of barangay committees on social services and presidents of persons with disabilities of the 25 barangays in Talibon.

      Students of Special Education for Disabled (SPED), including the speech impaired ones led by Susan Radaza also attended the activity.

      During the occasion, the PWDs elected new set of officers for the period, 2008-2010.

      Then Mayor Juanario Item inducted the new-elected officers- -Renato Judilla of Bagacay, president; Mario Albiso of Balintawak, vice-president; Eugens Domingo of San Jose, secretary; Felix Fuentes of Zamora, treasurer; Catalino Torreon of Mahanay, auditor; Francisco Garcia of Cataban, business manager; Cresilda Bercero of Magsaysay and Rolando Lugod of Tanghaligue, , PROS.

      Municipal Social Welfare Officer Zosima Gabisan delivered the statement of purpose and said that it was the third year that Talibon had celebrated the NDPR week, while it was the 30th annual national celebration.

      New registration forms and ID cards were distributed to the PWDs after the program.

      SB Member Virginia Item, chairperson of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Committee on Social Services, said that Talibon leads other municipalities in the legislation of the children's code and GAD code, which both benefit the differently-abled children and adults.

      Talibon Vice-Mayor Restituto Autero said the government must give special attention to this group of people so that they will not be burden to their families, as the law also provides.

      As representative of PWD regional president Nonoy Concha, the board of director of the Bohol Federation of Disabled Person Inc.- -Gerry Bolotaolo, a blind man stressed that there are laws that provides for the benefits and welfare of persons with disabilities.

      He cited the Magna Carta for disabled persons, Republic Act 7277, an act providing for the rehabilitation, self development and self reliance of disabled persons and their integration into the mainstream of society and for other purpose.

      The law has been revised to Republic Act 9442 which now includes the 20-percent discount in hospitalization, cost of medicines, fare in any transportation, and hotel and restaurant accommodations. - By ELLA GULLE-PAÑARES