BAGUIO CITY – the summer capital joins the celebration of the International Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Day December 3 here.
The activity launches at the Melvin Jones Grandstand spearheaded by the City Government together with various city-wide institutions and organizations supporting the welfare of PWDs.
This year’s theme is “International matters: Access and Empowerment of People of all Abilities.”
The PWD Day is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates the progress in breaking down barriers and opening doors for the development for all most especially persons with disabilities.
Government, businesses, disability organizations, schools, civic organizations and the community come together for this yearly event.
A parade will culminate the celebration of PWD Day down Session Road followed by the program at the Melvin Jones Grandstand with participation from City Officials and different PWD organizations putting into focus the plight of the differently abled in the city and recognizing their achievements.
Other activities for the PWD Day are basketball, basketball on wheels, volleyball, chess and parlor games.
There will also be skills and livelihood exhibits and demonstrations such as massage booth, livelihood booth and PWD information booths.
The event aims to mobilize Baguio citizens to recognize and support the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Participating organizations are Parents of Children with Disability (PCD), SPED Easter College, SPED Center-Baguio, DUABC, Baguio Federation of PWDs, Baguio Organization of the Blind (BOB), Good Care Massage, Northern Luzon School of the Visually Impaired, ABS-CBN Baguio, Texas Instruments, Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other institutions. /Paul Rillorta