Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) and Save the Children International (SCI) in coordination with the Barangay Operations Office through Mr. Cherwin Aguilar, OIC – Barangay Operations Office of the City of Paranaque and full support of Don Bosco local government unit headed by Brgy. Captain Concepcion Navarro, conducted a one day “Mass Intake and Assessment of Children with Disabilities” at Don Bosco, Paranaque City on September 25, 2014.
The activity’s primary objectives are to register all children with disabilities (CWDs) within Paranaque and be evaluated by medical specialists. Moreover, the mass intake encouraged the parents of CWDs to avail and register of the PWD ID through their City Social Welfare Development Office – PWD desk. This is an initiative of KASALI project of LCDPFI and Save the Children to come up with a database of CWDs for the Local Government Units perusal.
Ms. Marie Fe Cimafranca, LCDPFI Project Officer of Inclusive Education, also discussed the definition of disability, its evolving disability model and the importance of using person first language for the enlightenment of the parents and guardians of CWDs.
“Ang disability po ay hindi sakit, ito po ay panghabangbuhay na kondisyon. Hindi po to nakakahawa. Tawagin po natin ang mga batang ito sa kanilang pangalan at hindi po sa kanilang kapansanan”, (“Disability is not an illness but a lifetime condition. It is not a contagious disease. Let us call these children on their names instead of their disability”), said Ms. Cimafranca.
At the end of the assessment, parents with children who do not yet have a PWD ID photocopied their assessment form and proceed to the registration area to get a PWD application.
To assess the children, Dr. Elaine Marie Reyes – Madamba, Head of Learning Unit VII of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, College of Medicine was present during the activity.
In behalf of Don Bosco barangay captain Concepcion Navarro, Mr. Rogan Mercado graced the program and received the token of appreciation from Ms. Cimafranca.
A total of forty (40) CWDs from seven (7) barangays in Paranaque were assessed all throughout the activity.