NDPR Week kicks off today

  • July 17, 2017


QUEZON CITY, July 17, (PIA) - - The 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week kicks off today with a simultaneous celebration  in the different government agencies, local government units (LGUs), schools and other entities.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its attached agency, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) spearheads the national celebration which starts today, July 17 to 23, 2017 with the theme, “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban.”

DSWD will host a simple yet significant national kick-off program at the DSWD Central Office. The ADHD Society of the Philippines will also be joining the opening program which will feature a testimony from one of their PWD members. And the NCDA will lead the recitation of the Loyalty Pledge of Advocates of the PWD Sector.

Other activities will likewise be conducted nationwide starting from July 17 to the end of the month, such as: Seminar on Governance in Health and Wellness for PWDs in LGUs; Quiz Bee on the history and culture of the Philippines with secondary level students with disabilities; Art Workshop and Developmental Games for Children with Disabilities; Seminar on Raising Awareness for ADHD, Lupus,  and Rare Diseases; and a wreathlaying ceremony at the Mabini Shrine on July 23 in time for Apolinario Mabini’s birthday.

The NDPR week celebration will culminate with a cultural presentation, “Handog Sayawan at Kantahan”, to be held at SM San Lazaro, Manila with an all PWD cast who will showcase their talents on stage with song and dance presentations.

NDPR week is a commemoration of the notable contributions of outstanding persons with disabilities (PWDs) to the development of the country. Most famous of whom is Apolinario Mabini, the Sublime Paralytic and one of the founding members of the Katipunan that led the 1898 Revolution against the Spanish tyranny.

The celebration aims to focus the spotlight on the different issues and concerns of PWDs, and in the process call for greater public attention to uphold the rights and protect the welfare of PWDs in the country.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo calls on the public to support the NDPR Week celebration especially the families and relatives of PWDs who comprise one of the most vulnerable sectors.

“They belong to the vulnerable sector who truly need care and compassion, especially as there are some estimated 15 million PWDs in the country.  It is important the society and government give them due recognition and assistance, help them in their efforts to develop their inherent skills, and capacitate them.  This is the core message of every NDPR Week celebration),” the Secretary urged. (DSWD SMS/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)

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