Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) and Save the Children International (SCI) in coordination with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) headed by Ms. Gloria Tapales, organized a “Mass Intake and Assessment of Children with Disabilities” at Audio Visual Room of Pateros Municipal Hall on September 11, 2014.
Description of disability, its disability model and significance of the person first language was tackled by Ms. Marie Fe Cimafranca, LCDPFI Project Officer of Inclusive Education. The said discussion aims to spread awareness about the condition to the parents and guardians of the CWDs.
“Ang disability po ay hindi sakit, ito po ay panghabangbuhay na kondisyon. Huwag na po nating gamitin ang salitang ‘abnormal’, instead po, tawagin natin sila sa kanilang tunay na pangalan”(“Disability is not an illness but a lifetime condition. Let us not use the word ‘abnormal’, instead, let us call these children on their true name”), said Ms. Cimafranca.
Those CWDs without PWD Identification card were also encourage to proceed to the PWD registration area after their formal assessment for them to have their own ID. Those with the card can enjoy the privilege and discounts that comes with it. Two (2) specialists evaluated the CWDs during the program: Dr. Eivelyn Rose Pinacate, medical officer of Parañaque Community Hospital; and Dr. Christienitz Punay Rosas, current Physician at Oriental Doctors & Pharmacy, Resort at Puerto Galera, Aventus Medical Care Inc., and Company Physician of Medicard Medical Care.
A total of twenty – six (26) CWDs from six (6) barangays in Pateros were able to benefit from the free assessment during the activity.